Breakfast at Tiffany's | Study Guide

Truman Capote

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Section 1 (A Visit With Joe Bell) The unnamed narrator, a writer, describes his first apartment. Located in New York's Upper East Side, its rooms were glo... Read More
Section 2 (Meet Holly) The narrator's introduction to Holly Golightly is through her calling card. Stuck on her mailbox, it reads "Miss Holly G... Read More
Section 3 (Holly Spends the Night) Holly Golightly stops ringing Mr. I.Y. Yunioshi's bell and starts ringing the narrator's at all hours of the night. They... Read More
Section 4 (Holly Throws a Party) The narrator next sees Holly Golightly at a cocktail party at her apartment. The apartment has hardly any furniture, and... Read More
Section 5 (Mag Moves In) Mag Wildwood appears to have moved into Holly Golightly's apartment. The narrator overhears them talking on the fire esc... Read More
Section 6 (Narrator Publishes a Story) The narrator receives a letter from a university press offering to publish one of his short stories. They can't pay him ... Read More
Section 7 (Afternoon in the City) Holly Golightly and the narrator have drinks at Joe Bell's bar before heading to Central Park, where they have lunch at ... Read More
Section 8 (A Trip to the Library) When the narrator gets a job at the end of October 1943, he and Holly Golightly begin keeping different hours. He sees h... Read More
Section 9 (The Falling Out) Holly Golightly, Mag Wildwood, Rusty Trawler, and José Ybarra-Jaegar go to Key West, Florida, for a winter vacation in F... Read More
Section 10 (Doc Finds Lulamae) The narrator vows to cast Holly Golightly out of his life, but after two months of silence he's pulled back into her orb... Read More
Section 11 (Holly Stays in New York) Holly Golightly and the narrator have several drinks at Joe Bell's bar the following morning. She explains she never div... Read More
Section 12 (Holly Gets Bad News) The narrator has had a terrible few weeks. He has been fired from his job, can't find another one, and may soon be draft... Read More
Section 13 (Holly the Homemaker) Holly Golightly retreats to her apartment for the next few months. José Ybarra-Jaegar moves in, and Holly amuses herself... Read More
Section 14 (Horseback Riding in the City) On September 30—the narrator's birthday (as well as Truman Capote's)—Holly Golightly announces she and José Ybarra-Jaega... Read More
Section 15 (Holly is Arrested) Holly Golightly's picture is on the front pages of all the newspapers the evening of September 30. She is accused of bei... Read More
Section 16 (Holly's Friends Try to Help) When Holly Golightly is arrested, the narrator first thinks Madame Sapphia Spanella is just trying to rid of her. He doe... Read More
Section 17 (José Leaves Holly) Holly Golightly didn't come home that night, nor the next morning. Fulfilling his duty to feed the cat, the narrator cli... Read More
Section 18 (Visiting Hours at the Hospital) The narrator visits Holly Golightly at the hospital two days later. She had a miscarriage the night of her arrest, and s... Read More
Section 19 (Holly Skips Town) Holly Golightly prepares for her trip. She can't go back to the apartment in case the police are looking for her, so the... Read More
Section 20 (Holly's Last Letter) The newspapers finally figure out Holly Golightly is in Rio, but the American authorities don't seem too keen to track h... Read More
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