Jayber Crow: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where is Jayber Crow's barber shop located and who are his patrons?

Port William, so tiny it has no written history, is the site of Jayber Crowe's barber shop for thirty-two years. He started it in a Depression year, and he is devoted to his customers, local country people who are thrifty and not wealthy.

2. What is the premise of the book?

The book primarily consists of Jayber Crow's anecdotes about the citizens of Port William which are humorous and reveal his pleasure with living in a small community, and watching it, perhaps, from the sidelines. He is observant of the comedy in the lives of simple, hard-working people, their habits, lifestyles and behaviors.

3. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding Jayber's interest in Mattie Keith?

With his first notice of the school-girl, Mattie Keith, Jayber mentions knowing her as a woman, foreshadowing some kind of deeper relationship with her later.

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