Crocodile on the Sandbank Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where does Amelia Peabody first meet Evelyn Barton-Forbes, and under what circumstances? What does this meeting tell the reader about Amelia Peabody's character?

Amelia Peabody meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes when the latter is found lying in the street in Rome. Evelyn has fainted due to poor nourishment and exhaustion. Amelia comes on to the scene and takes charge of the situation, immediately taking care of Evelyn. We learn from this scene that Ms. Peabody is an assertive and confident woman who stays calm in a stressful situation.

2. How has it come to pass that Ms. Peabody is independently wealthy? What does she do for a living? Where does she live?

Ms. Peabody inherits her fortune from her father, who she calls Papa. When he dies, her siblings feel sorry for her because she is a spinster and the only one not working, and they do not contest their father's will. Unbeknown to them, the estate is worth half a million British pounds. Ms. Peabody is not employed. She decides to leave England, where she resides, and travel to the many places she learned about from her father, including Egypt.

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