Chapter 40 Summary

After leaving Mr. Walters’ room, Marion sits on a park bench and thinks how unfair it is that the kind man had to receive his darkest news on such a glorious day. The colors of fall are new to Marion; this never happened in Africa. Nearby, laughter and squeals come from the dormitory; sometimes Marion feels as if he is living in Sodom. When it gets chilly, Marion goes inside, where he smells spices and tobacco and marijuana smoke. (Nestor has a garden in the back that grows tomatoes, sage, and cannabis.) Behind Our Lady is a fence topped with razor wire that separates the medical complex from a housing project named Friendship, though everyone now calls it Battleship. The sounds of handguns can be heard emanating from the...

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