A Salty Piece of Land Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Cleopatra Highbourne.

Cleopatra Highbourne was the 101-year-old owner of the Cayo Loco lighthouse. She sailed the world on her boat, Lucretia, that her father had given her when she was 18. Tully says she doesn't look a day over eighty, with her green eyes and straight spine. She likes rum and Cuban cigars and cusses like a sailor.

2. Why was the Hallicraft S-40B so important to Tully?

The Hallicrafter S-40B was Tully's father's most prized possession that brought the sounds of the world to his small patch of Wyoming. After his father dies in an avalanche when Tully is a boy, he spends a lot of time and effort trying to see if he can hear his father through the radio.

3. What are the two pieces of art that Tully takes with him on his trip aboard the Caribbean Soul?

On his trip aboard the Caribbean Soul, Tully takes his two prized possessions of art. One is a valuable engraving and the other is a painting entitled The Patron Saint of Lightning. The painting is of a woman on a cloud with light extending from her to the stormy seas below. Tully purchased it at a flea market and then discovered it is St. Barbara, the patron saint of those besieged by lightening.

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