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The Bell Jar Novel Notebook - Roshni Sheth The Bell Jar...

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Roshni Sheth The Bell Jar Novel Notebook Chapter 1 “It had nothing to do with me, but I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like, being burned alive all along your nerves. I thought it must be the worst thing in the world.” Pg. 1 “I use the lipstick now and then, and last week I cut the plastic starfish off the sunglasses case for the baby to play with.” Pg. 3 “I felt myself melting into the shadows like the negative of a person I’d never seen before in my life.” Pg. 10 “I certainly learned a lot of things I never would have learned otherwise this way, and even when they surprised me or made me sick I never let one, but pretended that’s the way I know things were all the time.” Pg. 13 Esther is a college student living in New York and working at a newspaper as an intern. She does not get much pleasure out of life and thinks about the Rosenbergs’ executions often. She spends time at a bar with Doreen, and they get drinks from Lenny and Frankie. Chapter 2 “They had the windows fixed so you couldn’t really open them and lean out, and for some reason this made me furious.” Pg. 18 “The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.” Pg. 18 “I never feel so much myself as in a hot bath.” Pg. 20 Doreen and Ester go to Lenny’s house, but Ester leaves after Doreen and Lenny get drunk and start getting close. Ester walks to the hotel and takes a hot bath. Doreen comes to Ester’s door in the middle of the night, and Ester decides to pretend to be her friend but be loyal to Betsy. Chapter 3 “I’m not sure why, but I love food more than just about anything else. No matter how much I eat, I never put on weight. With one exception I’ve been the same weight for ten years.” Pg. 24 “It was a joke because I never intended to get married, and even if I did, my grandfather couldn’t have afforded enough caviar unless he robbed the country club kitchen and carried it off in a suitcase.” Pg. 27 “Instead of leaf shapes and enlarged diagrams of the holes the leaves breathe through and fascination words like carotene and xanthophylls on the blackboard, there were these hideous, cramped, scorpion- lettered formulas in Mr. Manzi’s special red chalk.” Pg. 35
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Ester is at a luncheon where she recalls memories with her grandparents and a discussion with her boss Jay Cee. Jay Cee asks her about her interests, and Ester recalls taking physics with Mr. Manzi in college and getting out of taking chemistry. Chapter 4 “There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.” Pg. 44 “It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no father.” Pg. 46 Ester goes to the movies with Betsy and the girls, when she and Betsy begin feeling sick. They both take a cab home and get sick several times. The luncheon crabmeat was poisoned, and a male doctor comes to the hotel. Doreen serves soup to Ester and the other girls.
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