Study Guide

Big Little Lies Chapter 5

By Liane Moriarty

Chapter 5

  • Meet Celeste. She's tall, rich, beautiful, but she feels a little…off.
  • She describes this as "forgetting how to be." But the feeling fades whenever she gets one-on-one time with her bff, Madeline.
  • Too bad there's an interloper at the coffee shop today. Celeste is really disappointed that Jane is there.
  • Jane looks strange, thinks Celeste. European, maybe? An au pair? She's so very young. And she has a weird habit of constantly chewing gum.
  • Celeste gives Madeline some crystal champagne glasses as a b-day present. Like we said, she's super rich.
  • Madeline, in classic Madeline form, introduces Jane and Madeline and wastes no time telling them all about what to expect out of Pirriwee Public.
  • Madeline, after all, has a teenage daughter and a second grade son. She's been there, done that.
  • Here are the Rules According To Madeline:
    1. There's a ton of school politics.
    2. The Blond Bobs—a group of helicopter moms with blond bob hairdos—rule the school.
    3. Keep an eye out for Renata. She's not a Blond Bob, but she does have a lot of power. It seems that Madeline and Renata butted heads over a gifted-and-talented field trip to see a local theater production.
  • Celeste interrupts: she forgot the champagne! Madeline needs to christen her new champagne flutes with some bubbly.
  • Madeline suggests a little breakfast champagne cocktail. And because it's Madeline's birthday, she gets her way.
  • The chorus of gossips is back.
  • They're talking about how Jane, Madeline, and Celeste were spotted together at kindergarten orientation.
  • Because rumors have a tendency to spiral out of control, their champagne brunch is remembered as getting totally wasted before picking their kids up from school.

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