1. Why does Francoise chastise Elisabeth in Chapter 1?
Francoise chastises Suzette's mother, Elisabeth, saying that the Madame's husband had become ill the last time Elisabeth had prepared a particular dish.
2. What is Suzette's job in the household, and how does that affect her life?
Suzette is nursemaid to Francoise's niece, Oreline. The two girls are the same age and Suzette has lived most of her life in the house rather than having lived with the slaves in the quarter.
3. Who is Suzette's father, and what does he do?
Suzette's father is Gerasime, who works in the fields and is a fiddler who is often loaned out to other plantations to provide music.
4. What does Suzette ask Oreline to do, and what is Oreline's response?
Suzette asks Oreline to teach her to read, but Oreline, unwilling to hide anything from her aunt and uncle, refuses.
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