What does waverly's investigation of the game of chess reveal about her character?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one can see much about Waverly's characterization in terms of how she learns the rules of the game.  The fact that she "wants in" reflects her own base of curiosity.  It is something that she actively desires, something that she covets.  When it becomes evident that it is something she is going to need to learn, Waverly is able to read the books about the rules of the game.  She even goes out of her way to learn more, consulting other books about chess rules in the library.  It is here where I think that her investigation shows much about her desire to learn the rules, seeking out greater information about "how to play."  In the process, she learns that deception is vitally important, pretending to do one thing while actually doing another.  This becomes an integral rule of the game that is not necessarily outwardly stated in the literature.  Yet, it is something that she comes to understand about the nature of the game.  In learning about the rules of the game, Waverly demonstrates her own sense of desire to appropriate that which seems foreign to her and to establish mastery over it.  The rules of the game of chess become symbolic about the nature of being for Waverly in the world.

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