Tuesday, August 24, 2010
WHO ~ second set of DQs
5. Why do you think Margaret and the children receive such a chilly welcome when they finally return to the village from the Maori camp?
6. Several matches proposed in this book seem made for convenience: Portia and Henry, Margaret and Captain Fisk of the Sacramento, and even Nancy and Henry, at least in the beginning. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that is?
7. At what point do Margaret and Nancy start to get along? What sparks their friendship?
8. Though it's a wretched situation for everyone involved, which Mrs. Oades do you think suffers most? Which of the two do you most identify with?
9. Was there a better solution for Mr. Oades and his non-traditional family? Or did they make the best possible choice? Would there be a better solution today? What would it be?
10. The claims of the Daughters of Decency seem ridiculous to modern ears. Can you think of any recent court battles that might seem as hysteric and unnecessary a century from now?
11. What, in the end, do you think was the main theme of this book? Were you surprised?
12. What part of the book do you think you'll long remember?