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We Need to Talk About Kevin Chapter 12: December 27, 2000

By Lionel Shriver

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Chapter 12: December 27, 2000

  • After mentioning a holiday gathering at her mother's house, Eva returns to the past.
  • Eva's also returning from Africa. She promises Kevin to never leave again.
  • Kevin clearly doesn't care.
  • Franklin, Eva, and Kevin stop at a restaurant, where Kevin shows Eva a new trick he learned: to go "NYEE-nyeh nyeh-nyeh, nyeh nyeh-nyeh nyeh-nyeh-nyeeeh" (12.47) to everything she says. Lovely. That sounds like a quote from the latest Adam Sandler movie.
  • Kevin also makes fun of the waitress. Franklin thinks it's funny, but Kevin's behavior is driving Eva crazy.
  • When Kevin won't stop the mocking, Eva slaps him.
  • Franklin is not happy. "Violence is no way to get your point across" (12.80), he tells Eva.
  • When they leave the restaurant, Franklin has a surprise for Eva: he bought them a house while she was gone.

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