One of the sections of Doris’ Betty Crocker cookbook that has the greatest impact on Marilyn is entitled “Basic Eggs.” It instructs housewives to know all six “basic ways” to make an egg and to learn their husband’s preferred style. Despite Marilyn’s resistance to this whole concept, she does make eggs for each member of her family in their favorite style: “Sunny-side up for James. Hard-boiled for Nath. Scrambled for Lydia.” Eggs thus represent the thoughtful and often painstaking work that goes into being a wife and mother—work that Marilyn comes to resent as pointless and banal. When Marilyn “disappears” to Toldeo, Nath is heartbroken that there is no one around to make him a hard-boiled egg, as this represents to him the care and stability that he craves. Indeed, eggs are a common symbol of reproduction, the family, and the future. In being so dismissive of the work of making eggs, perhaps Marilyn undervalues the importance of caring for her family (even if this work is less conventionally glamorous or impressive than being a doctor).
Eggs Quotes in Everything I Never Told You
NaOH became Nath, his small face wide-eyed and reproachful. One morning, consulting the periodic table, instead of helium she thought He and James's face floated up in her mind. Other days, the messages were more subtle: a typo in the textbook––"the common acids, egg. nitric, acetic . . ."—left her in tears, thinking of hard-boiled, sunnyside up, scrambled.
She followed him all the way to the lake and to the end of the little pier. The houses on the other side of the water looked like dollhouses, tiny and scaled-down and perfect. Inside, mothers were boiling eggs or baking cakes or making pot roasts, or maybe fathers were poking the coals in the barbecue,
turning the hot dogs with a fork so that the grill made perfect black lines all over. Those mothers had never gone far away and left their children behind. Those fathers had never slapped their children or kicked over the television or laughed at them.