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Cutting for Stone Chapter 33: A Form of Madness

By Abraham Verghese

Chapter 33: A Form of Madness

  • Tsige, years after her baby's death, says hello to Marion. He introduces her to Shiva.
  • Tsige invites Marion into her bar, but he says no.
  • Shiva says that Marion should have gone so that he could sleep with Tsige.
  • After the boys turn sixteen, the probationer makes a strange comment to Shiva, thanking him for last night.
  • Marion yells at his brother for having slept with the probationer. Shiva admits that he's been going to the Piazza to visit prostitutes for months.
  • Marion asks Shiva not to go back to the probationer.
  • Meanwhile, Genet hits puberty, too, and is feeling frisky.
  • Marion tells Genet that he wants to marry her and go on a honeymoon in India. She says she's not sure she can wait until they marry to have sex.
  • Marion and Genet play doctor until Rosina bursts in and interrupts them.