Short Essay Questions Key
1. What did Mary believe to be the most traumatic memory of her childhood?
Mary remembered waking up from a deep daze at the age of seven, lying on a naked mattress in her bedroom while the doctor checked her out. The room was in complete disarray, furniture upended, drawers pulled from the dressers. There were no bruises on her body and Mary couldn't identify where she hurt, but even then, she knew something was wrong.
2. Who was Mr. Thibideaux?
Mr. Thibideaux was a neighbor who lived near Mary's childhood home. Mary remembered coming home from school one day and hearing that Mr. Thibideax had shot his entire family and locked himself inside while he burned the house down. Mr. Thibideaux was diagnosed as being "nervous," the same condition Mary's mother was recently diagnosed as having.
3. How did Charlie and Pete first meet?
Charlie and Pete first met when Charlie was driving across town to be with her mother after breaking up her fourth marriage. A tire on Charlie's car burst and she made her way to the gas station where Pete was working. Pete immediately caught her eye, and Charlie moved to Leechfield to be nearer to him. The pair was married shortly after.
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