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Summary of The box of wonders chapter by chapter ( La boite à merveilles)

The box of wonders chapter by chapter ( La boite à merveilles)

Chapter I: Dar Chouafa:

Two elements trigger the story: the night and the solitude. The weight of loneliness. The narrator thinks about it and goes in search of his origins: childhood. A six-year-old, who stands out from other children that he rubs shoulders with. He is fragile, lonely, dreamy, fascinated through the invisible worlds. Through the memories of the adult and the child's gaze, the reader discovers the house inhabited by his parents and his many tenants. The visit begins on the ground floor inhabited by a clairvoyant. The house bears his name: 

Dar Chouafa. We get to know our clients,we attend a ritual of Gnawa music, and we pass at the first where Rahma, her daughter Zineb and her husband 

Aouad, a plow maker had one piece. The second floor is shared with Fatma Bziouya. The child inhabits a world of fable and mystery, nourished by tales of Abdellah the grocer and his father's speeches on the afterlife. The six-year-old accompanies his mother to the Moorish bath. He is bored among women, This steamy space, rumors, and turmoil was hell for him. The chapter ends with a on a spectacular quarrel in which the actors are the mother of the child and her neighbor Rahma.

Chapter II: Visit of a sanctuary:

  At the Msid, a Koranic school, the child discovers the hostility of the world and the fragility of his small body. The gaze of the Fqih and the blows of his quince wand were a source of nightmares and suffering. On his return, he finds his mother suffering. The visit that Lalla Aicha, a former neighbor, returns this Tuesday to Lalla Zoubida, the mother of the child, allows us to accompany them to the sanctuary of Sidi Boughaleb. The child will be able to drink water from sanctuary and will regain its cheerfulness and strength. The child discovers the universe of the mausoleum and its rituals. Prayers, prayers and invocations populated the Zaouia. The next day, the train train daily resumed. The father was the first to stand up. He left early for work and didn't came back late at night. The household errands were provided by his clerk Driss. The family for a time no longer knew the difficulties of other households and enjoyed of a certain comfort that others envied (rahma donna a sidi.m un cabuchonde glass).

Chapter III: The meal of the blind beggars:

 Zineb, Rahma's daughter is lost. An opportunity for lalla Zoubida to reconcile with his neighbor. The whole neighborhood shares Rahma's grief. We end up find the little girl and it's an occasion to celebrate. We organize a big meal to which we invite = to invite a brotherhood of blind beggars. All the neighbors participate in the task. Dar Chouafa only finds its peace of mind = tranquility and its rhythm in the evening. The spring.

 Chapter IV: Lalla Aicha's troubles:

 The first days of spring are here. The narrator and his mom visit Lalla Aicha. They spend the whole day with this former neighbor. A day of gossip for the two women and games with the neighborhood children for the narrator. The evening, Lalla Zoubida informs her husband of the troubles of Lalla Aîcha's husband, Moulay Larbi with his worker and partner Abdelkader. The latter had renounced his debts and even more had claimed to have paid half of the capital of the business. The judges had ruled in favor by Abdelkader. The child was elsewhere, in his own universe, when it was not his box and its magical objects, this is the legendary Abdellah the grocer and his stories.

Character he knows through the stories told by his father. Stories that excited his imagination and obsessed him throughout his childhood

Chapter V: The Koranic school:

  Day at Msid. The Fqih speaks to the children of the Achoura. They have fifteen days to prepare for the new year party. They are off for the rest of the day. Lalla Aîcha, in devoted woman, strips off her jewelry and furniture to come to the aid of her husband. Sidi Mohamed Ben Tahar, the hairdresser, a neighbor is dead. We cry it and we witness his funeral. His funeral marks the life of the neighborhood and is one of the events having marked the life of the child.

Chapter VI: Preparations for the party:

 Preparations for the party are going well at the Msid. Children form teams. The walls are whitewashed and the floor scrubbed with water. The child accompanies his mother at the Kissaria. The party was approaching and we had to think about his clothes for the occasion. He will wear a new vest, shirt and slippers. Back home, Rahma insists on seeing purchases made at the Kissaria. The narrator is fascinated by his account of Si's misadventures  Othman, an elderly neighbor, husband of Lalla Khadija, younger than him.

 Chapter VII: The feast of Ashura:

 The party starts soon. Two more days. The women of the house have all bought tambourines of all shapes. The child is entitled to him a trumpet. Testing instruments covers the space with a low hum. At the Msid, these are the last touches before thegreat day. 

The children finish preparing the chandeliers. The next day, the child accompanies his father to town. They shop around the toy dealers and won't miss to go to the hairdresser. Something little appreciated by the child. He is there to witness a bloodletting and to miss the tales of the barber. The street afterwards is more beautiful, more enchanted. That evening, the house is bathed in the atmosphere of the last preparations.

 On the day of the party, we wake up early, Three o'clock in the morning. The child is dressed and accompanies his father to the Msid to celebrate this exceptional day. Quran recitation, chants of hymns and invocations before going to join his parents who were waiting for him lunch. Her father takes her to town.

 At the end of the midday meal, Lalla Aicha is there. The two women spend the rest of the day chatting and in the evening, when Lalla Aicha goes home, the child tired of her drum and his trumpet is happy to find his old clothes. Summer.

 Chapter VIII: The jewels of misfortune:

 The party atmosphere is far away now and life is regaining its monotony and its greyness. The first days of warmth are here. The Koranic school leaves the Msid room, too narrow and too hot to settle in a nearby sanctuary. The child is doing well and his memory works miracles. His master is happy with his progress and his father is bloated of pride. Lalla Zoubida will finally have the bracelets she wanted so much. But the visit to the souk to jewelry ends in drama. The mother who dreamed of her bracelets as much as her husband offer him, just think of getting rid of him. They are ominous and would cause the ruin of the family. Lalla Aicha's troubles are not over yet. Her husband comes from abandon it. He took a second wife, the daughter of Si Abderahmen, the hairdresser.  If the child devotes himself assiduously to his lessons, he still dreams as much. He surrenders to his own universe, he is a man, prince or king, he makes discoveries and he angry with adults for not understanding it. His fragile health is playing tricks on him. So that Lalla Aîcha recounted his misfortunes, he had violent headaches and was shaken by the fever. His mother was upset.

 Chapter IX: A household in difficulty:

 The child's state of health worsens. Lalla Zoubida takes care of him night and day. Others trouble awaits him. Her husband's business is going very badly. He leaves his little family for a month. He leaves for the harvest and intends to save enough to relaunch his workshop. The wait, the suffering and illness are on the daily menu and mark the daily life of House. Lalla Zoubida and Lalla Aicha, two friends struck by misfortune, decide to consult a psychic, Sidi Al Arafi.

 Chapter X: Superstitions:

 Sidi Al Arafi's advice, prayers and blessings reassured the two women. The child is fascinated by the blind seer. Lalla Zoubida keeps the child at home. So, she feels less alone and her presence makes her forget her misfortunes. Every week they go pray under the dome of a saint. The sermons of Sidi A Arafi come true. A messenger coming from the companion brings provisions, money and good news from Sidi Abdesalam. Lalla Aicha invites Lalla Zoubida. She has a surprise in store for him. It seems that her husband takes the road home.

 Chapter XI: Gossip of good women:

 Tea and gossip of good women on the menu at Lalla Aicha. Salama, the matchmaker, is here. She apologizes to the two friends for the harm she has done them. She had arranged the marriage of Moulay Larbi. She explains that the latter wanted to have children. It brings good news. Nothing goes between Moulay Larbi and his young wife and the divorce is coming soon. Zhor, a neighbor, comes to take part in the conversation. Itreports a household scene. The women the daughter of the hairdresser, wife of Moualy Larbi, of his family. the flood of gossip and slander. Did not end and the child himself, who did not understand not the meaning of all words is driven by the music of the syllables alone.

  Chapter XII: A Fairy Tale Always Has A Happy Fall:

  The big news is reported by Zineb. Maâlem Abdslem is back. All the house is restless. You burst out on the terrace The neighbors make wishes. The child and his mother are happy. Driss, arrived in time to announce that the divorce between Moulay Larbi and the barber's daughter was delivered. The conversation of Driss El Aouad and Moulay Abdeslem, punctuated with glasses of tea, crushes the child. He is tired but does not want to sleep. He feels sad and alone. He pulls his box wonderfully from under his bed, the figures of hisdreams awaited him there.

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