Light in August Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why has Lena left her home in Alabama?

Lena has left home because she leads an unhappy existence with her older brother's family since her parents are dead. When Lena gets pregnant, she leaves the house to find Lucas Burch, the father of her child.

2. What drives Lena to keep moving on her quest?

She knows that Lucas wants to be with her and will be very happy to see her once she finds him.

3. Two men give Lena a ride in their wagon but one of them is especially concerned about what people might say. What misgivings do the men have about the situation?

The men do not want their act of kindness to be perceived as anything other than that as they transport a young pregnant woman down rural roads. The men also do not want any trouble from their wives on the subject either.

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