Chapter 15 Summary

The fifteenth chapter, “The Mediterranean Diet,” begins with Desdemona deciding to stay in bed now that Lefty has passed. Cal recalls how she believes that Lefty has secured a place for them in heaven and that it is up to her to join him. She summons Dr. Philobosian, and when he pronounces her healthy, she demands that Milton and Tessie find another doctor. Unfortunately, they all pronounce Desdemona, who is seventy-one years old, healthy. Dr. Müller is impressed by Desdemona’s longevity (he thinks that Desdemona is ninety-one, but Cal explains that her grandmother always confused 7 with 9), and he studies her in support of a theory that her longevity is due to her Mediterranean diet. Regardless, Desdemona, who spends her...

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