Short Essay Questions Key
1. What happens when Jury walks into the church as the novel opens?
When Jury walks into the church as the novel opens, he interrupts a christening right as it is happening. Because he feels bad about the obvious interruption, he leaves quickly and heads to the cemetery -- where he meets Helen Minton.
2. What happens after Jury walks Helen home after first meeting her?
After first meeting her and walking her home, Jury is invited in to Helen's home for a drink. He accepts and they also share sandwiches and lunch.
3. Why does Jury say to Helen about his difficulties dating?
Jury tells Helen that his job as a cop often makes things difficult when he's attempting to date. In fact, he says that it is often a problem.
4. What keen observation of Helen does Jury make when they first meet?
Jury observes -- and remarks to her -- that Helen seems unhappy. When he asks why, she doesn't answer but instead comments on his astute observation.
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