Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Pelagia Character Analysis

Pelagia, who is seventeen at the beginning of the novel, is a young Greek woman and Dr. Iannis's daughter. Dr. Iannis raised her to think for herself, which sets her apart from other girls. However, when she falls in love with a fisherman named Mandras, she worries that any dreams she has of being more than a wife won't come true, given that she believes Mandras won't actually appreciate her intelligence. After Mandras goes away to fight for Greece, Pelagia writes him a letter every day and falls out of love with him when he never replies. During this time, she also becomes friendly with Drosoula, Mandras's mother. Pelagia realizes when Mandras returns that she has the knowledge to be a doctor and that she doesn't want to marry Mandras. When the Italians invade Cephalonia, Pelagia joins her father in tormenting them. However, she's more willing than her father to see that they're worthy of friendship and soon falls in love with Corelli. They spend much of their time kissing and talking about the future. Their idyllic future is cut short when the Italians surrender to the Allies and Corelli survives the massacre with horrific injuries. Pelagia forces Dr. Iannis to save Corelli and when he's well enough, she smuggles him off the island. Pelagia adopts an abandoned baby girl she names Antonia and attempts to practice medicine, but she's accused of being a witch. In 1946 she decides that ghosts are real after she sees Corelli's ghost. Life doesn't improve for Pelagia until a few years after the earthquake that kills Dr. Iannis, when she picks up his history of Cephalonia and finishes writing it. As she writes, she teaches Antonia to think, just as her father taught her. She's thrilled when Antonia has a son, Iannis. Thanks to Iannis's interest in learning to play the mandolin, Pelagia reconnects with Corelli in her old age. She hates him at first for not returning for her, but she forgives him when he gives her a cassette of one of his concertos that he began to compose during the occupation, "Pelagia's March."

Pelagia Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Pelagia or refer to Pelagia. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 13 Quotes

For Lemoni there would be no freedom until widowhood, which was precisely the time when the community would turn against her, as though she had no right to outlive a husband, as though he had died only because of his wife's negligence. This was why one had to have sons; it was the only insurance against an indigent and terrifying old age.

Related Characters: Pelagia (speaker), Lemoni
Page Number: 86
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It occurred to Pelagia that perhaps the same scene had been enacted generation after generation since Mycenean times; perhaps in the time of Odysseus there had been young girls like herself who had gone to the sea in order to spy on the nakedness of those they loved. She shivered at the thought of such a melting into history.

Related Characters: Pelagia (speaker), Mandras
Page Number: 89
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Chapter 21 Quotes

As she reached for it she realized for the first time, and with a small shock, that she had learned enough from her father over the years to become a doctor herself. If there was such a thing as a doctor who was also a woman. She toyed with the idea, and then went to look for a paintbrush, as though this action could cancel the uncomfortable sensation of having been born into the wrong world.

Related Characters: Pelagia, Dr. Iannis, Mandras, Drosoula
Page Number: 134
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Chapter 25 Quotes

"It had 'To The Glory Of The British People' inscribed on the obelisk. I have heard that some of your soldiers have chipped away the letters. Do you think you can so easily erase our history? Are you so stupid that you think that we will forget what it said?"

Related Characters: Dr. Iannis (speaker), Pelagia, Captain Antonio Corelli
Page Number: 169
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Chapter 27 Quotes

"I just don't understand why an artist like you would descend to being a soldier."

He frowned, "Don't have any silly ideas about soldiers. Soldiers have mothers, you know, and most of us end up as farmers and fishermen like everyone else."

Related Characters: Pelagia (speaker), Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker)
Page Number: 186
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Chapter 31 Quotes

It came to her that she could actually shoot him when he came through the door, and then run away to join the andartes with it. The trouble was that he was no longer just an Italian, he was Captain Antonio Corelli, who played the mandolin and was very charming and respectful.

Related Characters: Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker), Pelagia
Page Number: 204
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Chapter 37 Quotes

"I should have brought her up stupid," said the doctor at last. "When women acquire powers of deduction there's no knowing where trouble can end."

Related Characters: Dr. Iannis (speaker), Pelagia, Carlo Piero Guercio
Page Number: 236
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Chapter 42 Quotes

But I know that she will never tell me that she is waiting for a new world where a Greek may love an Italian and think nothing of it.

Related Characters: Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker), Pelagia
Page Number: 250
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Chapter 43 Quotes

No one could recognize anybody else, and Italian and Greek peered into one another's faces, denationalized by coughing, by grime, and by mutual amazement.

Related Symbols: The Mine
Page Number: 260
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Chapter 48 Quotes

"I don't have your advantages, Günter."

"Advantages?"

"Yes. I don't have the advantage of thinking that other races are inferior to mine. I don't feel entitled, that's all."

Related Characters: Captain Antonio Corelli (speaker), Günter Weber (speaker), Pelagia, Carlo Piero Guercio
Page Number: 285
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Chapter 54 Quotes

"I wish that you will have children together, and I wish that once or twice you will tell them about their Uncle Carlo that they never saw."

Related Characters: Carlo Piero Guercio (speaker), Pelagia, Captain Antonio Corelli
Page Number: 313
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Chapter 61 Quotes

"You must allow Pelagia to become a doctor. She is not only my daughter. She is, since I have no son, the nearest to a son that I have fathered. She must have a son's prerogatives, because she will continue my life when I am gone. I have not brought her up to be a domestic slave, for the simple reason that such company would have been tedious in the absence of a son."

Related Characters: Dr. Iannis (speaker), Pelagia, Captain Antonio Corelli
Page Number: 350
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Pelagia Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Chapter 1. Dr Iannis Commences his History and is Frustrated
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...a break to urinate on the mint, and then returns indoors to chase his daughter Pelagia's goat away from eating his writing. He threatens to butcher the goat, but Pelagia only... (full context)
Chapter 3. The Strongman
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Despite this, the narrator says that everyone, including Pelagia, admires strength. She hears that the strongman, Velisarios, is performing in the square and she... (full context)
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Pelagia scolds Velisarios for his cruelty. He considers lifting her into a tree but decides to... (full context)
Chapter 8. A Funny Kind of Cat
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At home, Dr. Iannis finds Mandras and Pelagia flirting. Mandras explains that his nail wound is giving him trouble, but Dr. Iannis insists... (full context)
Chapter 9. August 15th, 1940
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...radio. They hear about an Albanian revolt against the Italian occupation but they're interrupted by Pelagia at the door. She asks her father to come home; Mandras fell out of the... (full context)
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Dr. Iannis tells Mandras he's an idiot and asks if he's going to ask Pelagia to marry him. He insists that he's not providing a dowry, and Mandras says he's... (full context)
Chapter 11. Pelagia and Mandras
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As Pelagia sits in the privy, she watches the clouds and thinks of them as spies who... (full context)
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Later, as Pelagia draws water from the well, she thinks that Dr. Iannis believes that Mandras will always... (full context)
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...people will say about Dr. Iannis not providing a dowry. Mandras thinks that he likes Pelagia, but he can't be himself around her: he's very serious, but he does stupid things... (full context)
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As Pelagia naps, she grouses that it's too hot. Psipsina settles herself on Pelagia's chest, making her... (full context)
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...Arsenios helped Mandras get the paperwork together to join the army. He vows to ask Pelagia to marry him before he leaves, and thinks that he'll fight for Pelagia as much... (full context)
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Pelagia takes bread from the communal oven and wonders where Mandras is. She promises she won't... (full context)
Chapter 12. All the Saint's Miracles
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...Velisarios shoots his cannon and musicians play. Fishermen sing as nuns arrange wine and food. Pelagia settles on a bench to watch the dancers and the traditional assembly of men dressed... (full context)
Chapter 13. Delirium
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The night of the feast, Pelagia lies in bed and dreams about having sex with Mandras. She thinks she could never... (full context)
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At dinner, Dr. Iannis suggests that Mandras hasn't come because he's still hung over. Pelagia is relieved that her father knows about it. She asks if he approves, and Dr.... (full context)
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On the second day, Pelagia waits for Mandras but he doesn't come. On the third day, she goes down to... (full context)
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Pelagia's tears are interrupted by Mandras at the door. He apologizes for being late and says... (full context)
Chapter 16. Letters to Mandras at the Front
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Pelagia records her letters to Mandras. In the first, she wonders if he's not getting her... (full context)
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Pelagia continues that Dr. Iannis, Stamatis, and Kokolios have banded together to praise the military and... (full context)
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Pelagia begins her next letter by saying she's becoming accustomed to Mandras not replying. For St.... (full context)
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Pelagia begins her hundredth letter to Mandras. She's glad that she hasn't seen his name on... (full context)
Chapter 18. The Continuing Literary Travails of Dr. Iannis
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...occupation, which is what he wanted to write about. He thinks that since Mandras left, Pelagia has been emotionally unwell. She's anxious, panicky, and then calm. She suddenly picks up her... (full context)
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It's clear that Mandras won't write and Dr. Iannis knows that Pelagia is becoming bitter and believes Mandras doesn't love her. He sends her on tasks designed... (full context)
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...the body. Both he and Father Arsenios have become increasingly important figures. Dr. Iannis hears Pelagia singing and writes that Greece is situated at the very center of the world: it... (full context)
Chapter 20. The Wild Man of the Ice
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Pelagia hauls a jar of water into the house. She's finally feeling strong and whole again.... (full context)
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Mandras asks Pelagia for coffee and says he stinks. Pelagia feels helpless and accuses Mandras of not writing.... (full context)
Chapter 21. Pelagia's First Patient
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...Lausanne settlement. Within two years, Drosoula learned Greek and married. During Mandras's absence Drosoula and Pelagia became friends. Now, Pelagia runs to her for help. Drosoula enters Pelagia's kitchen intending to... (full context)
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...hacks away at Mandras's hair and burns the lice. She discovers eczema and infected scratches. Pelagia runs to fetch oil of sassafras and realizes that she's learned enough from Dr. Iannis... (full context)
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When Pelagia finally recovers from the stench, she instructs Drosoula to attend to the rest of Mandras's... (full context)
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The next morning, Dr. Iannis returns from the mountain and discovers Mandras in Pelagia's bed. He doesn't recognize him. Later, Pelagia tells him everything she did. He examines Mandras... (full context)
Chapter 22. Mandras Behind the Veil
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Mandras tells the reader that Pelagia, Dr. Iannis, and Drosoula all talk about him as though he's not there. He spent... (full context)
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Mandras walked for days and felt as though Pelagia lay next to him at night. He was aware that his body was failing and... (full context)
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Mandras hitched rides on trucks and then walked the final miles to Pelagia's house. When he arrived, however, she was disgusted. He was disappointed that Psipsina was the... (full context)
Chapter 23. April 30th, 1941
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At Drosoula's house, Pelagia sits shamefully with Mandras. She believes he's torturing her deliberately, as he spent days rigid... (full context)
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Pelagia begins with the first letters and is privately aghast at them. Mandras glares at her... (full context)
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Finally, Pelagia hears planes overhead and races outside. She watches Italian soldiers parachute down and then runs... (full context)
Chapter 24. A Most Ungracious Surrender
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...Carlo notes that this is because the only things Corelli took seriously were music and Pelagia. Carlo fell in love with him regardless. (full context)
Chapter 25. Resistance
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...they've been invaded. Eventually, the Italians decide that they need to house soldiers with locals. Pelagia returns home one day to find an Italian officer, sergeant, and private in her kitchen.... (full context)
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When the Italians leave, Dr. Iannis and Pelagia vow to be horrible to their officer. Corelli arrives that evening, driven by Carlo. Both... (full context)
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Corelli anxiously insists he was joking with Pelagia, but Dr. Iannis wants to know about a defaced Greek monument--it used to read "to... (full context)
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When Corelli learns he's to sleep in Pelagia's bed, he briskly says he'll sleep outside and then request new accommodations tomorrow. Pelagia is... (full context)
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Pelagia asks Corelli about Antonia. He explains that Antonia is his mandolin. He says he wants... (full context)
Chapter 26. Sharp Edges
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...and suggests he show it to a doctor, which makes Corelli feel hurt and foolish. Pelagia comes outside a bit later to find Corelli tossing a laughing Lemoni up in the... (full context)
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Pelagia returns inside and studies the reproduction section in Dr. Iannis's copy of The Complete and... (full context)
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Pelagia fetches the waistcoat she embroidered for Mandras and asks if he'd like to take it.... (full context)
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That evening, Corelli notices a beautifully embroidered waistcoat hanging in the kitchen. Pelagia catches him inspecting it and is embarrassed, but he insists it's a masterpiece and says... (full context)
Chapter 27. A Discourse on Mandolins and a Concert
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Dr. Iannis wakes early in the morning and passes Pelagia asleep on the kitchen floor. He kisses her on the cheek and heads to the... (full context)
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Corelli comes out of the bedroom when he hears Pelagia in the kitchen. He apologizes for waking her, though she insists it was a wonderful... (full context)
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Corelli asks Pelagia about her dream of becoming a doctor. She says she's not sure, as women can't... (full context)
Chapter 28. Liberating the Masses (1)
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In the days before Mandras meets Hector, he dreams of Pelagia. One evening, ten ELAS men surround Mandras and his group. Hector tells the group that... (full context)
Chapter 29. Etiquette
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One morning, Corelli feels guilty for ousting Pelagia from her bed. He decides to learn how to say "good morning" in Greek so... (full context)
Chapter 31. A Problem with Eyes
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Pelagia treats Corelli as horribly as she can. She spends two months attempting to provoke a... (full context)
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...put up with the Italians. He says it's time to clean his pistol anyway, and Pelagia demands to know why he isn't angry that she's trying to sabotage him. Corelli suggests... (full context)
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As time goes on, Pelagia becomes upset as she realizes she's less angry. She enjoys Corelli's greetings and he plays... (full context)
Chapter 33. A Problem with Hands
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One rainy evening, Pelagia pulls out parts of her bedcover and watches Corelli compose a sonata. She gets up... (full context)
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Pelagia scoops Psipsina out of Corelli's lap and begins to brush at his wet and dirty... (full context)
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...often acts idiotically as he drops to all fours and approaches her like a dog. Pelagia tells him he's silly and positions his hands so she can wind her wool around... (full context)
Chapter 37. An Episode Confirming Pelagia's Belief that Men do not Know the Difference Between Bravery and a Lack of Common Sense
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...response to Corelli's polite greeting, prophetically recites some Bible verses, and walks away. Dr. Iannis, Pelagia, and Carlo interrupt Corelli again a few minutes later. Carlo is in a fantastic mood... (full context)
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Carlo apologizes for Corelli's rudeness. Pelagia suggests the pamphlet could've been written by conspiring Greeks and Italians, and notes that the... (full context)
Chapter 38. The Origin of Pelagia's March
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...wakes up hung over. His world spins and he groans that he wants to die. Pelagia enters with a pitcher of water and tells him that last night, Carlo brought him... (full context)
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Corelli insists that the local girls do well because of the Italian interest, which enrages Pelagia. She dumps water on him and insists that the girls are bullied into sleeping with... (full context)
Chapter 40. A Problem with Lips
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As Corelli and Pelagia pass each other going through the door, she, without thinking, kisses him on the cheek.... (full context)
Chapter 41. Snails
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...that they need the protein, so Corelli offers to help collect snails. That evening, Corelli, Pelagia, and Dr. Iannis follow Lemoni. They all begin to fill their buckets with fat snails. (full context)
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Lemoni and Dr. Iannis disappear into one tunnel and Corelli and Pelagia move down another. Corelli feels content until he hears Pelagia yelling. He finds her on... (full context)
Chapter 42. How like a Woman is a Mandolin
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Corelli states that women are like mandolins. Pelagia's wrists remind him of the neck of a mandolin, while he imagines that her breasts... (full context)
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Corelli tells Pelagia that he's composing a march for her and plays some of it. Suddenly, she becomes... (full context)
Chapter 43. The Great Big Spiky Rustball
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Pelagia hates preparing the snails. She's afraid that if she cooks them poorly then Corelli will... (full context)
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Pelagia's reverie is interrupted by Lemoni calling for Corelli. She comes every evening and tells Corelli... (full context)
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...in his courtyard. He loudly asks the crowd who filled his house with snails, and Pelagia is horrified to see that all her snails escaped. General Gandin later charges Corelli with... (full context)
Chapter 44. Theft
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...he grabs them by their collars and drags them to Dr. Iannis's house. Dr. Iannis, Pelagia, and Corelli all come outside and are shocked by what they see, especially since the... (full context)
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...crawl to Kokolios and lick his boots. Kokolios finally remembers he's naked and runs home. Pelagia laughs, but Corelli isn't done. He slaps his men, sends them away, and then rants... (full context)
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Two days later, Pelagia discovers her goat missing. Corelli finds her crying and promises to get her another goat,... (full context)
Chapter 45. A Time of Innocence
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Corelli and Pelagia spend their time kissing under the olive tree and going on walks. She knows that... (full context)
Chapter 46. Bunnios
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...Bunnios, but Dr. Iannis can barely understand anything he says. He invites Bunnios in and Pelagia is shocked to see a tall man dressed in a fustanella, the festival dress of... (full context)
Chapter 47. Dr. Iannis Counsels his Daughter
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...to not smoke he draws on his pipe, only to cough and sneeze. He hands Pelagia his tobacco tin and asks her to mix it with honey and brandy, but asks... (full context)
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Dr. Iannis squeezes Pelagia's hand and says that it's a simple fact that a family's honor is based on... (full context)
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Dr. Iannis tells Pelagia not to be ashamed, but says he's aware that she and Corelli are sexually attracted... (full context)
Chapter 48. La Scala
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Weber hears Pelagia in the kitchen and suggests they bring one of the prostitutes to even out the... (full context)
Chapter 49. The Doctor Advises the Captain
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...substitute for a mandolin string, Dr. Iannis abruptly asks if Corelli is going to marry Pelagia. Corelli is taken aback. Dr. Iannis tells him that they'll need to go to Italy... (full context)
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...against threats and the Romoi is more like Mussolini. Corelli insists he doesn't believe that Pelagia has this horrible other side. Dr. Iannis says that he's just saying that they'd need... (full context)
Chapter 50. A Time of Hiatus
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One evening, Corelli asks Pelagia what they'll do when the Italians have to surrender before the Germans do. He says... (full context)
Chapter 51. Paralysis
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...lose. The next day, General Barge moves troops and General Gandin attempts to contact Rome. Pelagia and Dr. Iannis prepare medical supplies and Corelli attempts unsuccessfully to contact Greek partisans to... (full context)
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Corelli sits on a wall and thinks about Pelagia and home. He feels he has no home: his family was forced to move to... (full context)
Chapter 52. Developments
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Corelli tells the reader that he asked Pelagia and Dr. Iannis to take care of Antonia. They put the mandolin in their trapdoor,... (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
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...radio, trying to get his superiors to help the Italians. They refuse. Dr. Iannis and Pelagia sit in their kitchen, wondering if Corelli is dead. Stamatis and Kokolios knock on the... (full context)
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...fighting, Corelli knows that the Italians will have to surrender. He rides his motorcycle to Pelagia and tells her that it's over. She offers to hide him, but he cries and... (full context)
Chapter 58. Surgery and Obsequy
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When Velisarios kicks Dr. Iannis's door open, Pelagia thinks it's the Germans. She's shocked to see Velisarios. Velisarios deposits Corelli on the table... (full context)
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Pelagia boils water, tears bandages, and shouts at Dr. Iannis when he suggests he's not qualified.... (full context)
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Soon, Pelagia realizes how horrific this surgery is going to be: Dr. Iannis cuts wide holes around... (full context)
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Just before dawn, Dr. Iannis and Pelagia bury Carlo. Dr. Iannis puts silver coins on Carlo's eyes and puts a bottle of... (full context)
Chapter 59. The Historical Cachette
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...secret room under the trapdoor. They leave the door open unless they hear Germans, and Pelagia sits with Corelli and they listen to the Germans beat Dr. Iannis. Corelli sleeps for... (full context)
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Corelli spikes a fever two days later. Pelagia watches for infection and Dr. Iannis assures her that he'll be okay, but he's privately... (full context)
Chapter 60. The Beginning of her Sorrows
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The narrator notes that later, Pelagia would look on the time during which she nursed Corelli as the beginning of her... (full context)
Chapter 61. Every Parting is a Foretaste of Death
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...he speaks Greek, he feels fiercer. He sits at the table with Dr. Iannis and Pelagia and admits he feels guilty for leaving Carlo. Dr. Iannis encourages him to live on... (full context)
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The men embrace and Corelli promises to return after the Nazis are defeated. Pelagia is indignant that he's going to go back to the army and tells him to... (full context)
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...though he's nearly Greek now. When Bunnios receives the signal from the boat, Corelli kisses Pelagia and wades out to it. Pelagia sobs. (full context)
Chapter 62. Of the German Occupation
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...however, quietly left his gramophone, his collection of Marlene Dietrich records, and an envelope outside Pelagia's door. The envelope contained a photo of Corelli and Weber at the beach, obviously drunk,... (full context)
Chapter 63. Liberation
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Dr. Iannis, Kokolios, and Stamatis are all taken away, and Pelagia considers committing suicide. She recalls saying that she'd always hate the Nazis, and wonders if... (full context)
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Drosoula is out when Mandras returns. He doesn't knock and comes upon Pelagia finishing her bedcover, which she decided to make for her bed with Corelli after he... (full context)
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Mandras leans casually against the door to intimidate Pelagia. He asks when they're getting married and notices her tremble. Pelagia tells him that they're... (full context)
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Pelagia stands and tells Mandras to let her out, but he strikes her, flings her onto... (full context)
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...and carefully undresses. He remembers how happy he was as a fisherman and remembers kissing Pelagia. He remembers Kosmas, Nionios, and Krystal and calls for them as he wades into the... (full context)
Chapter 64. Antonia
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Drosoula and Pelagia aren't surprised when they find a baby girl on their doorstep. She's calm and smiles... (full context)
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Pelagia rediscovers Carlo's papers when she fetches the History out of the trapdoor and reads them... (full context)
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...if he hadn't realized that the sunshine was hurting his depressing poetry. During his stay, Pelagia, Drosoula, Antonia, and Dr. Iannis do well for themselves. Their only issue is that they... (full context)
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Pelagia believes that Corelli is surely dead and, in 1946, learns that ghosts are real. Around... (full context)
Chapter 65. 1953
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Pelagia stops taking pride in being Greek. She sees Drosoula mistreated for being a widow and... (full context)
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One morning, Pelagia is in awe when she finds the water at the top of the well, though... (full context)
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Drosoula and Pelagia watch the olive tree split in half and boulders start to roll down the hill.... (full context)
Chapter 66. Rescue
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...He helps clear rubble from houses and wells and shuts down silly rumors. He coaxes Pelagia out to set bones and puts Drosoula in charge of tending children so their parents... (full context)
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...wash away with every storm and in three years, the Grecian villages are all rebuilt. Pelagia's is moved down the hill, forcing her to abandon her childhood home and the trapdoor.... (full context)
Chapter 67. Pelagia's Lament
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Pelagia remembers Dr. Iannis. She remembers how he'd put her to sleep as a child and... (full context)
Chapter 68. The Resurrection of the History
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Drosoula, Pelagia, and Antonia become even closer, but Pelagia wallows in guilt and remorse. She fixates on... (full context)
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...discuss that they had dreams about Dr. Iannis the night before. They tell a distraught Pelagia that he told both of them that he wants her to write his History of... (full context)
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Pelagia writes letters to museums and libraries around the world, asking for information. Many of them... (full context)
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Pelagia torments Antonia and repeatedly tells her that when Antonia is old, she'll see that her... (full context)
Chapter 69. Bean by Bean the Sack Fills
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Pelagia begins receiving postcards in the mail from all over the world. They're written in Greek... (full context)
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Pelagia waits for a grandchild while Drosoula opens a taverna in her old home. Cephalonia begins... (full context)
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Eventually, Pelagia forgives Antonia for smoking and wearing pants. In 1967 and 1973, Pelagia lives briefly with... (full context)
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...gives in and allows herself to become pregnant. She gives birth to a little boy. Pelagia begins to call him Iannis and speaks to him only in Italian. Alexi decides he... (full context)
Chapter 70. Excavation
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..."hello" and "isn't he adorable?" in six languages because he spends so much time with Pelagia at the taverna. Alexi and Antonia, meanwhile, invest in building more apartments and opening souvenir... (full context)
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...Iannis a mandolin in Athens or Naples when they're there next, but they promptly forget. Pelagia suggests that they dig up Corelli's old mandolin. (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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Alexi adds the rifle to his collection and Iannis is shocked when Pelagia weeps at the sight of the mandolin. She cries over every item and then repeats... (full context)
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Eventually, Pelagia recovers and buys Iannis mandolin strings. Spiridon cleans the mandolin and begins teaching Iannis to... (full context)
Chapter 72. An Unexpected Lesson
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...short and says that the mandolin is his Antonia. Corelli realizes that Iannis's grandmother is Pelagia. (full context)
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...Carlo, who saved him from a firing squad. Iannis is deeply impressed. Corelli asks after Pelagia and Iannis's grandfather, which Iannis finds confusing. He explains he has no grandfather. As Corelli... (full context)
Chapter 73. Restitution
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Pelagia shrieks and curses at Corelli as he dodges frying pans and her broomstick. He insists... (full context)
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They head back to the taverna and Pelagia gives Carlo's papers to Corelli to read. Corelli says he wishes that he hadn't read... (full context)
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Corelli asks if he can buy the old house and fix it up. Pelagia isn't sure if she even owns the land and sidesteps giving him permission. She tells... (full context)
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The next day, Corelli arrives at the taverna with a goat. He reminds Pelagia that he promised her a goat after hers was stolen and tells her that he... (full context)