98 pages 3 hours read

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2012

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Part 3

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 3, Chapter 1 Summary

Ari wakes up in a hospital with his legs in casts. His father tells him he is the “bravest boy in the world” (112). He learns from his mother that a car ran over his legs. Dante enters the hospital room with mild injuries and tells Aristotle that he saved his life.

Part 3, Chapter 2 Summary

Ari is frustrated that he is immobilized. His surgeon, Dr. Charles, tells him to be patient. He says Ari is “very rare young man” for what he did for Dante, though Ari says it was “just a reflex” (123). Dante’s father tells Ari that Dante doesn’t want to go to Chicago because he will miss Ari.

Part 3, Chapter 3 Summary

Dante’s parents force him to see a counselor. Meanwhile, Dante brings Ari The Grapes of Wrath and War and Peace. He also gives Ari his sketchbook. As soon as Dante leaves, Ari throws the sketchbook.