1. Why does Sam have a hard time following Calliope's conversation?
Sam has a difficult time following Calliope's conversation because she seems to be a bit scatter-brained. He may also be experiencing some distraction because he is so strongly attracted to her from the first time he sees her.
2. Why is Adeline uncomfortable with Pokey's speaking of his medicine dream?
Adeline is uncomfortable with Pokey's medicine dream because she has recently converted to Christianity, so talk of the traditional ways of the Crow Indians with which she was probably raised is disconcerting for her.
3. Why is Mr. Cable so resistant to accepting the multi-million dollar policy Sam wants to write for him?
Mr. Cable is resistant to the policy Sam wants to write for him because he is a diver and, as such, he has learned to confront and control his fears. Since Sam deals in fear to sell policies, Mr. Cable will be a tough sell. Also, Mr. Cable indicates that he refuses to bet against himself, and he sees the policy as such a bet.
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