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by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits study guide contains a biography of Isabel Allende, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The House of the Spirits opens with the del Valle family gathered together in church on Holy Thursday. Father Restrepo pronounces young Clara possessed by the devil. The body and possessions of Uncle Marcos are dropped off at the del Valle household, and Clara takes Barrabas, Uncle Marcos's dog, as her own. Esteban Trueba wins Rosa's hand, but before they can be married, she is poisoned to death by accident in place of Severo. After witnessing Rosa's autopsy, Clara resolves not to speak for nine years.

The story shifts to Esteban's family life. His sister, Férula, is sacrificing her youth to care for their ailing mother, Doña Ester. After spending many months mining, Esteban decides to raise the old family hacienda, Tres Marias, out of ruin…

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Posted By shu k #234061 at Mar 01, 2012 8:36 PM

What is the importance of Rosa in this book?

After all, she’s barely in the book, and yet her influence seems to permeate the entire story.

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