Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why did Joan and her husband decide to separate?
Joan and her husband decided to separate because Joan's husband got a job far away from where they were living, and Joan didn't want to move with him to the new city. Instead, Joan wanted to spend some time alone at Cape Cod in their cottage by the sea. She felt that she had sacrificed her goals and desires for her family for many years, and she wanted a chance to find herself and pursue her dreams without hindrance.
2. Where did Joan and her husband meet, and how did Joan's in-laws feel about the couple's relationship?
Joan and her husband met at Yale University when they were students there. Joan's in-laws approved of the couple's relationship as evidenced by the fact that Joan's future mother-in-law gave her son a family heirloom engagement ring for Joan.
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