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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love | Book 3, Chapters 85–87 | Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 85

Despite the four brothers protecting her at all times, Gilbert is hit by a bus the next day. She and her bike both fare pretty well except for a deep cut on her knee that becomes badly infected a few days later. When she finally shows it to Liyer, he does not offer to treat it. Instead he tells her to see a doctor.

Book 3, Chapter 86

Gilbert goes to a storefront she has noticed in town, "Traditional Balinese Healing Center," to get help for the infection on her knee. It is run by Wayan Nuriyasih, a traditional healer, as a medical clinic and restaurant. As Wayan treats her, they chat. It turns out this 30-something "strikingly attractive Balinese woman" is divorced, a rarity in Bali. Over the next five hours, Gilbert learns her story. Her husband, a drunk and a gambler, beat her terribly and on a regular basis. Finally, their four-year-old daughter, nicknamed Tutti, told her mother to leave her father, saying "Every time you go to the hospital you leave too much work around the house for Tutti." So for several years Wayan and Tutti have been living on their own—a very difficult thing to do in patriarchal, family-oriented Bali.

Gilbert meets the now-eight-year-old Tutti on this initial visit and finds her to be an extremely bright child who wants to be a veterinarian. Gilbert falls in love with both Wayan and Tutti and feels a surge of "some potent intuition or impulse" that will keep her coming back to visit them daily. Wayan obviously feels the same way, saying to Gilbert, "now you are my sister." Not surprisingly, Gilbert's knee is completely healed when she leaves. Wayan can also tell from Gilbert's knees that she has not had sex in a long time.

Book 3, Chapter 87

Gilbert begins spending her mornings with Wayan, then she goes to Liyer's for the afternoon. In the evenings, she enjoys her gardens while reading or talking to Yudhi as he plays his guitar for her. She feels she has found what she came for: "the balance has somehow naturally come into place." She is proud to say she has worked for her own happiness and continues to work to keep it. She meditates and prays nearly constantly in a practice she calls "Diligent Joy."

Gilbert especially enjoys her time with Liyer. She loves to listen to him and learn from him, and she passes the lessons on to her readers. In this chapter the lessons are about heaven, hell, and karma. What Gilbert mostly gets out of it is that her newfound dedication to her journey on earth being a happy journey is exactly right.

Analysis

Readers may have the same feeling at this point of Book 3 that they did in Books 1 and 2 when Gilbert was at the end of her time in Italy and India. However, there are still many chapters left and many weeks remaining in her visit. So what is going on? Some clues readers might consider are the "potent intuition" Gilbert mentions having when she meets Wayan and Tutti, and the fact that the third word in this memoir's title is Love. This third word suggests that Gilbert is on track to fall in love, but the ultimate questions are: with whom? Herself? Or someone else?

Why has Gilbert met Wayan? What is this impulse she feels in regard to Wayan and Tutti, a feeling that she does not have upon hearing Yudhi's story, even though it is just as moving? And what about the love part of this memoir? Readers have been told over and over by Gilbert that she is still very attracted to men but is focused on remaining celibate for the year. Yet Richard told her it was time for her to find someone new to love, and one of Liyer's first observations about her is that she may be married soon. Wayan, too, seems to know it's time for Gilbert to get back on the romance wagon: "You need a good man. I will find one for you."

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