The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Part 1: 3 Mar, 1946 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Juliet returns Eben's letter. She says that she vowed to not talk about the war, but she suggests that the war is the story of their lives now. Juliet asks about Eli and about the other Guernsey children who were evacuated. Then, she asks how Amelia hid the pig and praises Elizabeth's bravery and quick thinking. Juliet says she hopes Elizabeth will come home soon, and mentions Piers's surprising reappearance in Australia after being shot down in Burma in 1943.
Juliet's mention of Piers's reappearance suggests that the war and its aftereffects don't necessarily make sense; it was fundamentally something horrific that people will spend years trying to understand. Her hopes for Elizabeth's return shows that Juliet is becoming attached to her new friends on Guernsey.
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