1. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
Eddie works at Ruby Pier as a maintenance man. He never meant for maintenance to be his profession; however, he is resigned to doing this job and takes pride in the safety of the park. Eddie works hard. He is a war veteran with an injury to his leg that now causes him to walk with a cane. He met Marguerite, the love of his life, at the Pier and he remembers dancing gracefully with her before his war injury. Eddie is kind to the children at the Pier and watches out for them.
2. What are the first images the reader gets of Ruby Pier?
Ruby Pier is a small carnival park with rides and kind people, like Eddie. It used to be a much more celebrated place, complete with fireworks and dance contests, before the advent of big theme parks; but nonetheless, children still frequent Ruby Pier.
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