Short Essay Questions Key
1. What happens when Cochran is dying?
While Cochran lies dying from heat and dehydration, his injuries draw vultures. A worker at a nearby mission, Mauro, sees the vultures and finds Cochran. Diller, the mission doctor and priest, brings Cochran back to his mission clinic to treat the dehydration, sunburn, and injuries. Diller makes a report to the Federales, but he wants to help the patient avoid any legal red tape. When Cochran comes down with pneumonia, Diller wants to avoid sending his patient to a better facility, mostly out of curiosity about his condition. Cochran plays dead to find out if he is still in any danger.
2. For what does Cochran prepare? How does this hurt him?
Cochran remembers getting ready for the trip with his lover. He ignores the warnings, his better judgment, and a feeling of unspecified doom, thinking his affair with Tibey's wife is still secret.
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