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The Hour of the Star
by Clarice Lispector
Macabéa Timeline and Summary
Macabéa is born with rickets in the backwoods of Alagoas, Brazil. This is off to a good start. And then her parents die of typhoid when she is two years old. Like we said …. Macabéa has to go and live with her Wicked Aunt of the West, who tortures and abuses her for years. When her aunt finally dies, Macabéa moves to Rio de Janeiro, works as a typist, and lives with four other girls in a bedsitter on Acre Street. But life doesn't get better. Actually, it gets harder. Awesome! Macabéa suffers from poverty and hunger and illness. Okay, so now Macabéa meets Olímpico, her first and only boyfriend. Could things be looking up? Nah. Olímpico is a real jerk and mistreats Macabéa until he dumps her for hottie coworker Glória. Naturally, Macabéa takes Glória's advice and visits a fortuneteller to learn about her future. Madame Carlota tells Macabéa that her life is about to take a 180, and Macabéa walks out full of hope. Okay, so this time things are looking up. Right? Wrong. Macabéa walks out of the fortuneteller's home, steps into the street, and a huge yellow Mercedes runs her over. She lies in a gutter on the side of the road. It starts to rain. People gather around her but do nothing to help her. She dies.