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I like how Strout portrays Olive’s character in this chapter by showing her make actions out of spite such as, stealing Sue’s shoe and bra and marking up her sweater. I also feel it indirectly shows Olive’s insecurities while she overhears Sue talking about Christopher’s hard childhood. The many ways in which Olive excuses her actions are passive aggressive and only strengthen Olive’s beliefs about herself and people. For instance, Olive excuses Chris for never having too many friends because ” he is like her in that way, can’t stand the blah-blah-blah,” instead of understanding that Chris was just embarrassed of Olive. Which also explains why Chris would marry a woman he had just met six weeks ago.

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