Eleanor and Park Chapters 25-36 Summary & Analysis

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Eleanor and Park

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Eleanor and Park Chapters 25-36 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 25 Summary: Park 

Park notices that Eleanor is acting strangely on the morning bus ride, as she is being completely silent. He decides to wait to invite her over for dinner until she is feeling better. Eleanor, on the other hand, is absorbed by the fact that she has no idea where she would go if things got really bad at Richie’s house; her fatheris not an option. She thinks back to the events of the day when Richie first kicked her out of his house.

The incident started when Eleanor was typing up the lyrics to a Simon and Garfunkel song on a typewriter for fun. On that particular day, Richie was hungover and in a terrible mood. He told Eleanor’s mom to shut her daughter up, and so she asked her daughter to be quieter. Eleanor continued to type, however, and an enraged Richie stormed upstairs and threw her typewriter so hard that it got stuck in her wall’s plaster. Eleanor’s mother burst into the room and then flung Eleanor down the stairs put of Richie’s path. After that, Eleanor stayed with neighbors until her father could pick her up.

Park notices that Eleanor is extremely absent-minded during school that day, and she takes every opportunity to lean her head upon his shoulder. He cannot wait any longer and finally tells her, “I’m not grounded anymore” and asks her to come over whenever she wants. He waits for her to react but she does not. When he asks her what’s wrong, she simply explains that she is tired. 

Chapter 26 Summary: Eleanor 

This is one of the shortest chapters in the entire book. It conveys Eleanor’s desire to surrender herself totally to Park and his love. However, she is worried that if she lets him into the darkness of her home life, he will no longer want anything to do with her.

Chapter 27 Summary: Eleanor 

The next day Eleanor wakes up feeling better. When she greets Park at the bus stop, she excitedly tells him that she will come to his home after school and that she is sorry for how she…

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