Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 33-35 Summary & Analysis

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Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 33-35 Summary & Analysis

Part Three 

Chapter 33 Summary: The Sun and the Moon 

Monday, May 27, 1935

As Natalie’s interview approaches, the family, and especially Helen, wonders how much to disrupt Natalie’s routine. The day before Natalie’s interview is also her birthday, but Helen wants it to be just a normal, peaceful day because it takes Natalie a week to recover from her outbursts. She leaves the house, and Natalie is content drawing pictures of the different phases of the moon, until there is a knock on their door. Moose tries to ignore it at first but becomes concerned that the knocking will bother Natalie. It is Piper and she wants to come in and wish Natalie a happy birthday. She comes in, says happy birthday and leaves.

Natalie returns her attention to drawing the moon phases but then starts to rip up the paper. Moose senses there is something wrong.  He tries to distract her with lemon cake but he “can almost see the battle in her eyes. All at once, the storm seems to win” (183). He yells “Natalie outside” and she follows him, trying to fight it.

They go to the parade grounds and circle it twice and then Natalie takes off on her own in the direction of the west stairs. Moose, and now Piper, follow. Once they figure out where Natalie is going, Piper believes that Natalie just wants to say goodbye. Moose tries to distract Natalie and turn her around, but she is determined. They find 105 and he is happy to see Natalie, calling her sweetie, and she sits with him. Natalie “is holding hands with a man convicted of some awful crime. It’s so strange, so awful and so…normal” (185). Moose ends the chapter describing the scene as both terrible and good. 

Chapter 34 Summary: Happy Birthday

Same day— Monday, May 27, 1935

Piper, Natalie and Moose return home and find that Helen has decorated the apartment for Natalie’s birthday. Moose’s mother invites Piper to come to the party but rejects Piper’s suggestion that they invite the others. Moose avoids the party by going into his room. Natalie asks for Theresa a…

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