Characters: Elena Greco and her family (Elena's mother (Often,…
Characters: Elena Greco and her family
Elena was a follower with Lila
“I immediately did the same, although I was afraid of falling and hurting myself"
“I believed everything she told me”
She was very competitive with everyone except Lila
“It was as if Lila were ten steps ahead of me...I was used to feeling second in everything”
"In those years I think I feared only one thing: not being paired in the hierarchy established bu Maestra Oliviero" p.47
"I devoted myself to studying... just so I could keep pace with that dazzling girl" p.47
Has a good self-esteem
"I was a pretty little girl, happy to show off but not aggressive"
"I gave an impression of delicacy that was touching"
"I was the smartest in the class" p.41
Elena doesn't enjoy spending time with her mother
"School had seemed to me a much nicer place than home" -pg.44 (She felt that way because of her mother)
Often, Elena's mother doesn't seem to love her
"... she did her best to make me understand that I was superfluous in her life" - pg. 44
Maestra Oliviero is more of a motherly figure to Elena than her own mother
“Completely opposite to my mother who at home, so often, rebuked me, sometimes abusively, that I wanted to hide in a dark corner and hope that she wouldn't find me.” - pg. 45
Elena and her mother's negative feelings towards each other are mutual
"Her body repulsed me, something she probably intuited" - pg. 44
Elena blames any negative thing that happens to her on her mother
"The problem was my mother; with her things never took the right course." -pg.44
"'But if you're not good, if you're not the best, Papa needs help and you'll go to work.' These words had really scared me, and yet, although he said them, I felt it was my mother who had suggested them, imposed them."-pg. 45
Rarely, Elena's mother proves she cares about her.
"My mother ... discovered I wasn't there ... For hours she had been looking for me."
At home Elena always took her father's side, her father make her feel safe
"But since my father never raised his voice, even when he lost his patience, I always took his part against her."
Elena and her father love each other
"At home I was my father's favorite" -pg. 44
Elena's father was occasionally violent towards his family, including Elena; however this violence was not uncommon at the time and does not prove that he didn't love them
"At night my mother reported everything to my father and compelled him to beat me. He was irritated; he didn't want to, and they ended up fighting. First he hit her, then, angry at himself, he gave me a beating."pg.78
Elena's father supported her in her education: he wants the best for her
"At first my mother was against it and my father uncertain, then my father became cautiously in favor and my mother resigned herself to being a little less against it; finally they decided to let me take the test..."
Elena had a good relationship with her siblings
"And my bother and sisters too, loved me" -pg. 44