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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love | Book 1, Chapters 10–12 | Summary



Book 1, Chapter 10

Gilbert now returns to the present narrative, explaining that it is just a few weeks after her divorce was settled. She is living in a studio apartment in the center of Rome.

She reveals that going on the trip she has dreamed of has been made possible by an advance her publisher gave her against the future sales of her memoir. She points out that this is exactly how Liyer said things would go for her.

Book 1, Chapter 11

Gilbert's first meal in Rome is "nothing much." She has pasta, spinach and garlic, artichokes, fried zucchini blossoms with cheese, veal, warm bread with olive oil, a bottle of red wine, and tiramisu. She surprises herself that night by feeling content.

Book 1, Chapter 12

Gilbert's observations about Rome are focused on things she finds unique about the city. She loves the feeling of love all around, the many fountains, the delicious gelato, and the Italian news stories. But most of all she loves hearing the Italian language everywhere she goes. One afternoon she sits in the courtyard park of Rome's library to read a book of Italian poetry she has bought. The first poem she reads has the line "From the center of my life, there came a great fountain." It moves her deeply, giving her a sense of relief.


Gilbert is wide open to the experiences this trip will afford her. She is eager to embrace Rome, not as a tourist, but as someone who lives there. She walks all over the city, talks to as many people as she can, and explores its sensuous food and vibrant neighborhoods. Always, however, she keeps in mind the signs the universe has given her that she is supposed to be here, that she has certain goals to meet.

Gilbert takes time to comment on Rome's fountains. Throughout her journey running or flowing water is important to her. She mostly mentions it when she is feeling peaceful, as she is in these early days in Rome.

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