1. What are some of the adversities Alice faces throughout her life?
From an early age, Alice faces adversity. Her parents struggled financially, which makes her feel helpless. She takes out bank loans as a young teacher to help them get by. As a young mother, she is faced with a cancer diagnosis. Even her beauty is a source of pain. At times, both men and women treat her with hostility and contempt out of intimidation and jealousy.
2. Calvin Trillin states that from the day he meets Alice, he never stops trying to impress her. Why?
Calvin Trillin tries to impress Alice because he fears losing her. Even decades after they married, Trillin never wants her to doubt that she makes the right choice in agreeing to date him.
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