In Silent Dancing, why do the parents isolate the family within El Building, and how does Judith feel about it?

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The parents isolate the family within El Building because they're keen to move out of there as soon as possible.

As Judith reflects, her parents are constantly talking about buying a house on the beach someday and retiring on the island. Apparently, this is a common topic of conversation in...

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The parents isolate the family within El Building because they're keen to move out of there as soon as possible.

As Judith reflects, her parents are constantly talking about buying a house on the beach someday and retiring on the island. Apparently, this is a common topic of conversation in El Building. But in the meantime, Judith's parents plan to leave Paterson and move out to the suburbs.

As Judith's parents clearly don't intend to live in El Building for much longer, this tends to mean that they are somewhat isolated from the other residents in the apartment complex.

Judith is different, though. She's much more focused on the present than the future. In particular, she's concentrating on entering Eugene's house and taking a good look around inside.

Judith has developed a major crush on the new boy in school and wants nothing more than to sit at Eugene's kitchen table, drink some coffee, and talk about books. For her, talk of moving to the suburbs or retiring to the island simply doesn't have the salience that it clearly does for her parents.

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