Study Guide

Middlesex Book 1, Chapter 4

By Jeffrey Eugenides

Book 1, Chapter 4

  • We're still in Turkey. Well, we're on a boat between Turkey and the United States of America.
  • Here's what happens on the waters of the Atlantic:
  • Dr. Phil cries a lot.
  • Lefty and Desdemona pretend to be strangers.
  • They court each other.
  • They fall in love.
  • They get married. What is this, The Love Boat? Where's Charo when you need her?
  • They have tons of sex in the lifeboat. When the lifeboat's a rocking, don't come a knocking!
  • They arrive in America. "Maybe here people won't be killing each other every single day," (1.4.102) hopes Desdemona. Um… we don't want to be the ones to break Des's spirit by telling her that America can be scary too.