By Night in Chile

By Night in Chile: Essay Q&A

1. Explain the point of Urrutia’s deathbed confession. What are the “slanderous rumors” Urrutia feels he must defend himself against, and who is the “wizened youth” spreading these rumors? Is Urrutia actually guilty of the things the youth accuses him of?The novella By Night in Chile takes the form of a deathbed confession narrated by …

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By Night in Chile: Pages 23-55

  Summary of pages 23–55 In the nights that follow, Father Urrutia recalls images from his stay at Farewell’s estate. He pictures Farewell sitting in a chair at his club, “speaking of literary immortality” (23) and envisions a conga-line of dancing socialites, including Farewell. He recalls his father’s shadow “slipping away down the corridors of …

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