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Red Dyed Hair Chapter Summaries Ch. 10-19
Chapter 10: Soirées
The narrator runs into Louis a while later, and Louis reveals that he is married again, this
time to a girl named Litsa (whom he married to cancel out the debt he had with her sister).
They live together in a house that Louis owns, and Louis invites the narrator and Julia to come
over. The house is more like a shack, made from pieces of old stage play decorations. Litsa is a
very beautiful woman with an injury to her leg, and because of it she never leaves the house
except to see doctors. Louis reveals that Antigone is still with Panagos and that they have a
child now. Louis has now managed to get his seaman’s papers and he’s a captain now.
The narrator gets a call from Lazaris as he is about to leave, telling him to wait and that
he would be right over. Lazaris reveals that Louis is under arrest for killing a Dutch girl with his
motorbike. The narrator assumes that he has killed Fatmé. Lazaris says that Louis got off easy
with only a manslaughter charge, and that he needs money for bail. Additionally, Louis wasn’t
even hurt very badly. He had a concussion and a few broken fingers and still had to spend some
time in the hospital. On a side note, Julia’s Aunt Eustathia is now living with Manolopoulos and
During this chapter, the narrator characterizes Louis as “more like a character, a hero
from a book of some kind than a real, living person” (p. 291). He is also characterized as a
“more like a mythical figure than a real, live person with his own wants and needs” (p. 293). It is
further said that “he is a prisoner of his own myth – and he knows it” (p. 294). The women
(Martha and Julia) agree that he is selfish and doesn’t care about anyone else, even his own
daughter who he barely sees. They also believe that he is dangerous, with which Manolopoulos
agrees. However, Manolopoulos defends Louis, saying that none of them are half the man Louis
is. Manolopoulos says that Louis done the impossible by being able to “fit in everywhere, and
still not give up a shred of his freedom, still stay himself, and be his own man.” The other
friends admit that they dream of doing the things that Louis does, but that they are stopped by
“common sense” or “good manners” (p. 295).
Chapter 11: Ah, What Misery!
The chapter starts with the revelation that Agis has killed himself. Martha had broken up
with him for a number of reasons, one being that he was an insomniac and she could not stand
it. The only way for him to get sleepy was to pace around the house until two in the morning.
Eventually Martha started sleeping in another bed, then another room, and then in another
house. They broke up shortly thereafter.
After the breakup, Agis is depressed and begins to stay home most of the time. Most of
the guys don’t bother to visit him. In one instance, he visits Manolopoulos at his house and tries
to convince him to marry Martha because he cannot stand the idea of her being with
Liakopoulos, who he knows Martha has been seeing. Manolopoulos is too timid to make any Catherine Kircos
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move, and marries Julia instead just a few days later. Martha ends up marrying Liakopoulos. It
isn’t long before he commits suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. Before he does it, he writes
a lengthy suicide note that he gives instructions to have read after his funeral by Martha in the
presence of his mother and all the guys. The note reveals secrets about Martha and the guys
that they hadn’t known previously.
Chapter 12: The Outing
At the beginning of this chapter, Louis goes to visit Aleka (who is now married to Mr.
Anagyros) and his daughter, Louisa. Anagyros enjoys Louis’s company and practically throws a
party whenever Louis comes to visit, having his favorite foods made and everything. He even
offers Louis a job, not so much to be nice, but to relish in his refusal. This leads him (and Louis’s
friends, though for different reasons) to ask the question, “How much longer can he go on like
Manopoulos makes the interesting statement that “every last one of them depended on
how Louis would end his life in order to justify their own,” referring to all of their friends,
perhaps in order to prove to themselves that giving up on the carefree life that Louis lives was
worth it, in order to prove that their lives mean something. Manopoulos claims that Louis has
succeeded in doing what he wants with his life, and that the others are just jealous.
In this chapter, Louis takes Louisa out for t