All in all, a mixed bag.
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The Sixteen Pleasures contains vivid descriptions of the restoration of some Florentine frescoes as well as the intricate details of book conservation.
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Discuss how these details enrich the story. Discuss how these characters are contrasted in the book. What life lessons does she learn there and how does her experience there change her? Madre Badessa, the mother abbess of Santa Caterina, is a strong female character with an agenda to preserve her convent.
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Discuss the measures she takes to do this. Do you think she is a feminist?
The Sixteen Pleasures is told from alternating points of view: Margot narrating some chapters and an all-knowing narrator telling others. Discuss how this is an effective technique to tell the story. Does Margot?
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