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1. On what date is Jason Hawthorn hawking papers, where is he, what is the big news and what does Jason want to have the opportunity to do?

On that morning, July 17, 1897, the headline of the New York Herald was "Gold in Alaska". People rush to Hawthorn to buy one of the papers to learn about the next great gold rush. Hawthorn has not had the opportunity to read the story yet and is anxious to sell his papers so he can steal away and read about the latest discovery.

2. What kind of fantasy does Jason think about and what does he think his brothers will do about the news?

Hawthorn immediately slips into a fantasy about discovering his own fortune. He thinks about his brothers, Abraham and Ethan, who are probably curious about the gold rush but are also devoted to their jobs at the saw mill. Hawthorn recalls his father's goal of never becoming a wage slave. The brothers may have fallen into that trap, but Hawthorn insists that he will not.

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