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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love | Book 3, Chapters 88–90 | Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 88

This morning Gilbert watches Tutti drawing houses as Wayan applies something to Gilbert's hair to make it "grow faster and thicker." Wayan is talking about how much Gilbert needs to have sex. Then "a great-looking woman came walking into the shop, smiling like a lighthouse beam." The woman is Armenia, Wayan's dazzling Brazilian friend who is as successful in business as she is gorgeous.

Armenia tells of a party she is attending that night, given by another Brazilian, a man who will be cooking a traditional Brazilian feast. She invites Gilbert, who jumps at the chance to go.

Book 3, Chapter 89

Gilbert gets dressed up for the party, paying special attention to her appearance for the first time in months. She has a lot of fun at the party and even gets a little drunk. The food is delicious, the dancing is freeing, and she enjoys the male attention she receives. At first she is drawn to the host, an attractive older Brazilian named Felipe, who is an absolute gentleman. Then she becomes extremely drawn to a handsome young Welshman named Ian.

The party lasts all night. Just before dawn, Felipe offers to drive Gilbert home. He asks her if she likes Ian, and she replies that she is unsure.

Book 3, Chapter 90

In the morning the fun of the previous evening is replaced with Gilbert's "panic and uncertainty." She is agitated by the fact she feels attracted to a man. She wonders why Ian wouldn't give her any contact information. For a brief time she even starts to fixate on David again, and then she thinks of Felipe and remembers that he called her "young and beautiful." Her conclusion is "I don't know how to do this anymore."

Analysis

Gilbert's peaceful equanimity is not much in evidence after she cuts loose just one time and enjoys herself at a party. Most readers probably can't help but wonder if she will be able to maintain the balance she craves when she returns to "real life." It's similar to people who succeed in losing a lot of weight while on some diet that cannot be possibly maintained, only to gain it all back when they come off the diet. Will Gilbert return to unhealthy relationships with men? Is romance all it will take for her to spin back out of control? The suspense keeps readers keenly interested, much like a good journalistic story or one of the many stories Giovanni in Italy or Richard in India shared with Gilbert.

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