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Cutting for Stone Chapter 18: Sins of the Father

By Abraham Verghese

Chapter 18: Sins of the Father

  • The twins, Shiva and Marion, grow up happy boys in the Missing Hospital.
  • There's one catch, though: Shiva won't talk. He lets Marion do it for him.
  • One day, when the boys are eight, Hema decides they are not getting good enough training at school, and she starts forcing them to do more work at home.
  • Marion protests and gets in trouble. He hides out in the operating room where he was born and where his mother died.
  • When Marion goes back home to face his punishment, he finds Shiva, Genet (the maid Rosina's daughter), and Hema dancing. He calls Shiva a traitor.