The Catalogue of the Universe Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Chapter 1, Dido and Angela have a conversation about Dido's relationship with Angela's father. How does Dido portray the relationship?

Dido portrays her relationship with Angela's father as a fairy tale romance, a story of true love. She says that although she and Angela's father were in love, Angela was the result of an affair. The pair couldn't marry because her father was already married to someone else and had three children, and he chose to do the right thing and stay with his family. But he had contributed to Angela's care financially to the best of his ability.

2. When Angela tentatively brings up the idea of a possible reunion between Dido and her father, how does Dido react?

Dido rejects the idea of a reunion with Angela's father, saying that she would have nothing to talk to him about anymore. She seems to imply that too much time has passed since they were together and that she has changed, so they would have nothing in common now. Dido also says that she is too worn out to put effort into trying to rebuild the relationship, even if it were feasible, and that she values only two things in her life, Angela and solitude. Besides, Dido says, even if she were interested in reviving the relationship, Angela's father is too wrapped up in his family to take the chance of communicating with Dido again.

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