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Name: Andrew Tieu                                        Period: 5Title and author:The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique BaubyNumber of pages in book: 132Section 1Page Range: 1-26Dates Read: December 1st to December 6thOriginal Summary: The story begins with the narrator, Jean-Dominique Bauby, reminiscing and telling the readers about his past in a hospital room at the Naval Hospital. He has a rare condition known as locked-in syndrome. Bauby cannot eat, speak, or breathe alone as is he dependable on life support. Brigette, his physical therapist, comes in one morning to bathe him and help him stretch out his arms and legs. Bauby compares the bath as pleasurable and saddening comparing it to a cup of tea with a good book or reading newspapers. He explains a special version of the alphabet he developed. Bauby then travels the hospital with Eugenie, who he calls his empress, in a wheelchair catching glimpses of the hospital rooms and the faces of people. Quote and page number: “One day, for example, I can find it amusing, in my forty-fifth year, to be cleaned up and turned over, to have my bottom wiped and swaddled like a newborn’s.” (Bauby 16)Passage: Section 2Page Range: 27-52Dates Read: December 7th to December 12thOriginal Summary: In this section, Bauby gives the hospital a nickname of Berck and then classifies the different types of patients that inhabited the hospital. He has been eating little portions such as flavored water and half-spoons of yogurt but consumes his nutrients from a brown fluid through his feeding tube. Bauby imagines eating many different kinds of foods in his mind especially his favorite food which are sausages. Sandrine, his speech therapist who he dearly appreciates and calls his guardian angel, reminds him of butterflies. The symbols of the diving bell and butterfly are shown here. The diving bell is Bauby enclosed in his locked-in syndrome and the butterfly is love he receives from those who surround him. Bauby then remembers and thinks about his father who he has not seen since his stroke. His father is too old and fragile to get up and visit Bauby but his father sometimes speaks with him over the phone. He then continues to reminisce the time he read The Count of Monte Cristo and his dreams about his friend Benard and him in an auto-parts graveyard.  Quote and page number: “We are both locked-in cases, each in our own way: myself in my carcass, my father in his fourth-floor apartment.” (Bauby 45)Passage: Section 3Page Range: 53-78Dates Read: December 13th to December 18thOriginal Summary: Bauby describes the time his right eye was sewn shut by a reckless, ignorant ophthalmologist for six months because that eye could not longer blink. He shows his creativity and vast imagination when he visualizes a play that he plans to write called the Pressure Cooker. Bauby then wakes up to an uncomfortable disaster as he has urinated on himself, his eyelashes are violently itching his eyeballs, and an alarm that has been going on for what seemed to be forever. Unfortunately, he is paralyzed and depends on other people to solve his problems. Bauby’s friends satirically suggest that he should go to the church in Lourdes to pray for his well-being. He then has thoughts about a time he went to go see a Madonna concert in Lourdes with his past lover, Josephine, who he had emotional problems with. On Father’s Day, Bauby’s wife and his children come to visit him and they take a stroll on the beach, with him obviously being pushed around in a wheelchair. He looks back at the times he visited Paris and is saddened by the memories he has made there and concludes that he is losing his memory. Quote and page number: “But today we spend the whole of the symbolic day together, affirming that even a rough sketch, a shadow, a tiny fragment of a dad is still a dad.” (Bauby 70)Passage: Section 4Page Range: 79-104Dates Read: December 19th to December 24thOriginal Summary: Bauby remembers a time when he first got his stroke that he would be back to a healthy human and he underestimated the condition. He finds out about rumors that his friends were talking satirically calling him a vegetable. Bauby later goes on a stroll on the beach on a warm sunny day with his two goods friends, Claude and Brice. The three of them pass another member known as Fangio of the same hospital that Bauby resides in and Bauby wonders who what he is like. They also encounter a scent of french fries that makes Bauby depressed since he cannot consume food like he could before his stroke. He then spends a day with a good friend of his by the name of Vincent. Vincent talks to Bauby about the days where they went horseback riding but Bauby acknowledges that he has lost those great memories and does not remember. He reveals that his ears have problems that resulted from his stroke as sounds always sound contorted. Sundays were always lonely for him since there was no one to visit him even his health specialists. Quote and page number: “The word ‘vegetable’ must have tasted sweet on the know-it-all’s tongue, for it came up several times between mouthfuls of Welsh rarebit.” (Bauby 82)Passage: Section 5Page Range: 105-132Dates Read: January 3rd to January 8thOriginal Summary: Bauby recalls his life when he could use his five senses equally, when he was mobile, and his visits to places around the world, especially Hong Kong. Bauby compares the hospital he lives in to a private school and sees a typewriter that he hopes someday will have a message written on it. Bauby then has a dream about wax figures in the Musee Gevin, Paris’s wax museum coming to life. He then travels around the museum but wakes up to a nurse pointing a flashlight at his face. Bauby then recognizes his memories with a friend that was known for his great storytelling and many other talents. He later counts the days since his stroke which was on December 8, 1995. Looking back at his past before his stroke made him dizzy. Bauby then tells the day before and of his stroke, when he woke up in the hospital next to his lover, Florence. The month is September and the life Bauby is living gets boring as it is the same everyday – him in his wheelchair in his hospital room with the same faces passing by daily. The story ends with Claude and Bauby together in his hospital room where they are finalizing their story that they called The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Quote and page number: “But here at Berck I hear only the faintest echoes of the outside world’s collective return to work and responsibility . . . its return to the world of literature and journalism and school, to the workaday world of Paris.” (Bauby 130)Passage: Image Analysis: