Chapter 6 Summary and Analysis: Why I'm Not Where You Are (5/21/63)
Chapter 6 is a continuation of chapter 2 and picks up with the letter. Oskar's grandfather explains the rules that he and Oskar's grandmother established for their marriage; everything between them was "a measurement, a marriage of millimeters, of rules." For example, they never speak about the past, she never looks over his shoulder while he is writing, and they never listen to sad music. He confesses that they have so many rules that he cannot remember what is and is not a rule. He explains that he started to bring home magazines and papers so that she could work on mastering the English language, especially idioms like the "bee's knees" and the "cat's pajamas." Oskar's grandfather began to spend a...
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