Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does Juan do when his mistress falls sick with the plague?
The day after Juan sees the first notice of plague in Madrid, Juan is painting the cross on the zagubn, warning of pestilence within. By the end of the day, Mistress is dead, and Juan is sick.
2. What does Juan find in the house when he wakes up after being sick with the plague?
When at last he can rise from his bed after being sick with the plague, Juan finds the house dusty and deserted. The few servants who did not die of the plague have fled in fear. Starving, Juan wanders onto the patio and finds an overripe orange fallen from a tree. He eats it and goes back to bed.
3. What does Brother Isidro do for Juan while he is sick with the plague?
Juan is awakened by a voice calling in the empty house. It is Brother Isidro, a monk Juan has often seen on the streets. The man gives him broth and feeds Mistress's little dog, Toto. Brother Isidro assures Juan that he has been delivered for a purpose and must do God's will.
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