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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love | Book 3, Chapters 91–93 | Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 91

Gilbert goes to Wayan's the day after the party, hoping healthy food will ease the hangover and anxiety she experiences. Wayan is upset because when her lease is up in three months, her rent will be raised to a level she cannot afford. She is tired of moving and tired of uprooting Tutti so often and longs for a home.

As Gilbert muses on the facts she now knows about Wayan, she becomes really upset. Wayan is a single mom in a culture that doesn't approve of that lifestyle, and she doesn't earn enough money to have her own home. Besides Tutti, Wayan is responsible for two other young girls, orphans named Big Ketut and Little Ketut, whom she has taken in off the streets.

As Gilbert feels "that trembling feeling" she felt upon first meeting Wayan and Tutti, she watches Tutti doing an odd thing. She holds a small square of blue tile in her open palms as she chants to it, throws it into the air and catches it, moves it along on the floor like a toy car, and then sits on it. Wayan explains that Tutti desperately wants a house with blue tiles on the floor and that she spends a lot of time each day sitting on that tile, imagining she's in her own home. That's when Gilbert decides to take action, to "take care of this intolerable state of affairs once and for all."

Book 3, Chapter 92

Gilbert writes a fund-raising email and sends it to everyone she can think of. She asks that instead of getting her anything for her upcoming 35th birthday or thinking of spending money on a celebration of it, everyone "make a donation to help a woman named Wayan Nuriyasih buy a house in Indonesia for herself and her children." By the next morning $700 has been pledged. Seven days after her email, Gilbert has raised $18,000 to buy Wayan a home.

Book 3, Chapter 93

While Gilbert's secret fundraising efforts are going on, she begins seeing Felipe every night for dinner. She admits that she has a crush on him.

Felipe is 52 years old. He has lived in Bali for five years, where he has a jewelry exporting business. He was married for nearly 20 years and has grown children. He is impossibly romantic, and he has traveled the world and speaks four languages fluently. Gilbert likes that they can talk easily about anything, even their marriages and divorces and the possibility that she might take a lover while in Bali. She lets Felipe hold her, but she doesn't let him kiss her.

Analysis

The remaining arc of Book 3 finally seems clear. Having gained her balance, Gilbert is now giving in to the idea of love. She is expressing her love for Wayan and Tutti with a good deed, and she is close to exploring romantic love again with Felipe. Neither activity seems to be destroying the balance she has worked so hard to develop.

Despite her usual close attention to words and phrases, Gilbert has missed an obvious fact about the name "Tutti." Her friend Bob in Utah points out when he responds to her email that in Italian, tutti means "everybody." What is the lesson for Gilbert that is attached to this? She explains that "when you set out in the world to help yourself, you inevitably end up helping ... Tutti." This illustrates the spiritual arc of Gilbert's memoir: she initially set off on her journey to heal herself but found along the way that she was able, finally, to both heal herself and help others.

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