Study Guide

Love Medicine Section 14, Chapter 1

By Louise Erdrich

Section 14, Chapter 1

  • This is called "Resurrection (1982)."
  • In this chapter, we catch up with Marie after Nector's death. She spent a lot of time cleaning her house (apparently she'd gone home, and Aurelia was moving out).
  • One morning, Gordie showed up in her yard early in the morning. He collapsed there.
  • He awoke a couple of hours later and came inside. Marie, who had been sleeping as well, came out to talk to him.
  • Gordie really wanted something to drink, but Marie said she didn't have anything. He got aggressive, and Marie ended up defending herself with a knife, cutting his hand when he got too close. Now he and Marie both had hand wounds—and in a section called "Resurrection." Hmmm…
  • Then we veer off into Gordie's memories of June from the year they got married, particularly the little honeymoon they went on (and a couple of unsuccessful/disappointing attempts at sex during that vacay).
  • Back in the "present," Marie was standing outside on her porch when she suddenly smelled chemicals. She went inside to find that Gordie had been doing something with the Lysol can and a loaf of white bread. Apparently, he had been trying to ingest the Lysol (we're not entirely sure how the bread was involved).
  • He had started going nuts as a result of the chemical, knocking stuff over and jumping around. Finally, he collapsed on the bed, and his mother sat in front of the door and slept with an ax on her lap.

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