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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love | Book 3, Chapters 106–108 | Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 106

As another real estate deal falls through for Wayan, she calls to report she has finally found the place, but it will cost another $22,000. Gilbert finally snaps. She sees the complicated stories that Felipe warned her about and the lack of truth. Felipe confirms her opinion, but he advises her not to lose her temper. He tells her to "get back some control of the situation. Play some kind of game with her, like the games she's playing with you."

Gilbert does not like to play games, but she realizes that in this case, she must. She goes to Wayan's shop and invents the lie that her friends in America are extremely angry at her, and that they think she is trying to steal their money. If Wayan doesn't buy a house within one week, Gilbert must take the money back.

The lie works. Four hours later Wayan has made a deal and now owns a piece of land. She has even ordered construction materials so the house will start going up the very next week, before Gilbert leaves.

Book 3, Chapter 107

Since Wayan's problem is now settled, Felipe and Gilbert take a vacation. They go to the tiny island of Gili Meno, east of Bali. Gilbert visited this island on her first trip to Bali for a 10-day retreat of silence. That retreat had been both difficult and wonderful for her. By the end of it, she had released her sorrow, her anger, and her shame—at least for a while. This is also the place where she began the private notebook that helped her to survive the next difficult stretch of time, writing the words "I love you, I will never leave you, I will always take care of you."

Book 3, Chapter 108

This trip to Gili Meno is very different for Gilbert. She is returning as a mostly healed person and with a lover. She is suitably proud of herself for having been "the administrator of my own rescue."

She and Felipe doze on the boat taking them to Gili Meno. When they wake up, he tells her he has an idea: "we could try to build a life together that's somehow divided between America, Australia, Brazil and Bali." The idea delights her with its perfection. She is moving past all the I's of her past year of travel to A, A, B, B (the initial letters of the four countries)"a pair of rhyming couplets." As they reach the island, she beckons him with her favorite Italian word—"Attraversiamo"—Let's cross over.

Analysis

Gilbert's belief in symbolism is palpable in these final chapters. She is completing a circle, tying things up neatly as she ends her life of solitude and begins a new relationship. There is another important word that she doesn't bring up, but that actually fits well into the scenario that Felipe describes for their future—living in four different countries stretched across the globe. It is the word she claimed for herself in the library at the Indian ashram several months ago—antevasin—border-dweller. The recurring importance of these words recalls a central theme of the text: the power of language. It also reinforces Gilbert's belief that there are no coincidences.

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