Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the scene in the beginning of "The Hard Goodbye."
As the novel begins, the readers see Marv making love to a beautiful woman named Goldie on an incredibly hot night. They are on a heart-shaped bed in a seedy hotel and they are both drinking. Marv is in awe of the woman and of his luck, though he hesitates to question why she chose to be with him that night.
2. What are the contrasts between Marv's feelings for Goldie that night and his past?
Marv is an intensely violent individual who, due to his psychotic tendencies and disfigured face, lives a solitary existence marked with fights, wars, and death. However, Goldie's tenderness and apparent passion for him makes him appreciate his time with her that much more, as he feels that this night almost makes up for his violent life.
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