Chapter 17 Summary

Marion remembers dancing around the kitchen in Ghosh’s arms; for the longest time, the boy thought dancing was the doctor’s job. Almaz and Rosina arrive, bundled up from the cold. The first time Rosina touched her icy fingers to Marion’s warm cheek, he made the mistake of laughing rather than crying. Now it has become a morning ritual he both anticipates and dreads. Soon Hema and Ghosh kiss the boys good-bye; despite the clinging and tears and despair, they leave for the hospital. Rosina puts them in the double stroller and Shiva is content as long as no one tries to remove his anklet. Marion, however, demands a higher, more adult view, and he finally gets what he wants. Rosina talks nonstop, but the twins are silent and...

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