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Department
Modern Greek
Course
GKM 4600
Professor
Michail Vitopolous
Semester
Winter

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Catherine Kircos February 26, 2013 GKM 4600 Red Dyed Hair Chapter Summaries Ch. 7-10 Chapter 7: The Metamorphosis This chapter continues to describe Louis’s marriage to Aleka. While Aleka is out of the house looking at an apartment she convinced Louis to buy, and Chrysanthi’s husband is out at his cabin for a few days in Aegina, Louis has succeeded in transforming Chrysanthi into the youthful woman she used to be. He persuaded her to dye her hair blonde, to shave her legs, and to start drinking ouzo. Louis invites the narrator and Liakopoulos over for a party along with Chrysanthi the night that Antypas is set to arrive home from Aegina (though Louis has told everyone that he will not arrive home until the next day). Liakopoulos ends up sleeping with Chrysanthi. When Antypas arrives home that night, he finds Chrysanthi dancing with Liakopoulos and as a transformed woman. When Antypas figures out that Louis has transformed her, he kicks him and Aleka out of the house by throwing all of their possessions out the window. It is at this point that Aleka begins seeing Mr. Aargyros, the owner of the apartment Aleka wanted to buy. Chrysanthi continues to see Liakopoulos behind her husband’s back. The narrator then goes on a tangent to tell the story of when Louis worked as a women’s hairdresser. Louis could not get a job without having secured his papers from the government after taking a loyalty oath, and the government would not let him take the oath because they did not believe him to be sincere. The only job Louis could get was as a hairdresser. Louis is having an affair with the owner of the salon, Carmen, and she ends up pregnant. Carmen wants to marry Louis, but Louis tells her to get an abortion. Louis is then fired from the job, despite all the business he has brought in. Chapter 8: The Last Supper The narrator describes their friend Lazaris, who is a kiss-ass to his professor at the university and one day hopes for an academic career. His mother works herself very hard despite her arthritis to pay for Lazaris’ goals, even though he doesn’t treat her well. Lazaris hadn’t been around for a while, probably because Louis and the other guys picked on him, until he heard about Louis’s divorce and decided to reappear. Agis reveals a secret about Lazaris, which is that once when his mother took in a Communist who had escaped from prison, Lazaris kicked him out to the street in broad daylight, knowing that a full-blown manhunt was underway and that the escaped prisoner would be killed almost instantly. There is a rain storm in town, and Louis’s basement floods badly, almost drowning his father and landing him in the hospital. Louis’s sister, who has been paying all the bills, gets fed up and leaves with Panagos, a wealthy owner of several grocery stores and bakeries. The narrator tells that Panagos was friends with Louis’s father, and tried to persuade him to sign the loyalty oath in order to keep his job with the railroad. Louis’s father refuses to give up on his ideas, and is fired from his job. The people in town began to avoid Louis and his father, for fear Catherine Kircos February 26, 2013 GKM 4600 that they would be blacklisted too. Lazaris began to start avoiding Louis, though the narrator did not. Louis’s father started spending all of his time in his basement sitting in an old armchair and listening to the radio. Soon, Athanasia (Louis’s father’s wife) is fired from her job because of her husband. That night, Athanasia throws a
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