Veronika decides to die - Paulo Coelho
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept Summary & Study Guide
She is reunited with a childhood friend that has spent the last ten years traveling around the world, learning about different cultures, religions, and the representation of the feminine side of God in those different cultures. He tries to teach Pilar about what he has learned, and their time together is a manifestation of his attempt to get her to open her mind up to different possibilities. Pilar was raised to be a cautious Catholic, taught that she should not question authority, and needs to grow up to fit the perfect Spanish Catholic mold. She has many struggles throughout her life and has been hurt by people in the past. She has failed the societal rules and struggles to suppress her happiness to cut here and there in order to fit into the societal mold.
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