Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Contributed by Greta Venegas
Chapter 72
Summary

Madeline sees Celeste and Perry arriving (Moriarty 323). Bonnie approaches Madeline, who becomes infuriated after recalling how Bonnie had tried to take Abigail away from her (Moriarty 324). Bonnie, in her slightly-drunken state, tells Madeline to forgive Nathan for abandoning her and Abigail (Moriarty 325). Someone knocks Bonnie making her lose balance and spills her drink on Madeline’s dress.

Analysis

Both Bonnie and Madeline are intoxicated. Madeline cannot control her anger towards Bonnie, and tries to make her feel bad that Abigail opted to babysit Fred and Chloe instead of Skye. Bonnie realizes that Madeline has been carrying a long-term grudge against Nathan for leaving them and advises her to learn to forgive and forget. However, forgiving and forgetting has never been Madeline’s character.

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