•After finishing cooking, she heads upstairs to change clothes. The poor woman weeps at the memory of her dead husband specially during this wonderful time of the year. •After her shower, she puts on a bathrobe that was a gift from Ashoke, picked out by Gogol and Sonia. •Meanwhile, Gogol is waiting at the train station to be picked up. He flashes back to Christmas the year before. While on the train, Moushumi had let slip the name Dimitri. Of course this mean she had to come clean and tell Gogol that she had been having an affair. •The couple made it through the holidays, but Moushumi left early to clear out her stuff from the New York apartment, and now the marriage was done. •Back on Christmas Eve of the current year, Sonia picks up Gogol from the train station. At home, Gogol, Sonia, and Ben, Sonia's fiancé, set up the Christmas tree and the decorations. • At 7:30, the party begins and soon enough the house is filled with Bengali families. • Gogol goes upstairs to find his dad's camera so he can document the evening. Then he has to go to his old room to change the battery and insert a new roll of film. • In his room, he looks at his books and notices The Short Stories of Nikolai Gogol. He sits down to read. Chapter 10,11,12 Text Dependent Questions 1 . She decides not to take the fellowship in France that she is offered because she does not want to hinder the relationship that she now has with Gogol. She believes that being away from Gogol for such a long time will not end up good. According to the text, Moushima declines the offer because of her fear to damage the relationship with Gogol. “…file away the letter, not bring it up”. 2. Moushumi compares herself to her mother, and believes that they do not have the same beliefs and life standards. She i does not want to be part of the whole patriarchal society, she wants her own independent life. “…she’d privately vowed that she’d never grow fully dependent on her husband, as her mother has”. 3. She loves that her and Gogol have the same usual aspects on life, she is able to understand him more than her previous partners. She and Gogol are able to consciously respect one another because they know what their cultural background is like. They hadn’t had had this before which gives them a breather because they do not have to worry so much about doing things that the other person will not understand. Gogol seems more
Karla Carbonell 12-7-17 Period 5 focused on his family and not preoccupied with her which makes her seem unimportant. “…he had accepted her, had obliterated her former disgrace”. 4. Moushumi begins teaching at NYU and she feels unmoored even though she has to write her dissertation because she is starting to realize that life isn’t all that easy and there are more things to worry about that what she has previously been focused only on. “ Moushumi wonders how long she will live her life with the trappings of student-hood in spite of the fact that she is a married woman.”
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