Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is known about Pug and Laurie in the opening of the book?
The story opens with Pug and Laurie working in the swamp where they are slaves to the Tsurani. Pug is from the land called Midkemia and was an apprentice to a sorcerer but doesn't tell anyone. Laurie was traveling the land to learn ballads. He was a musician by trade. Pug has been a slave in the swamp for four years.
2. What did Nogamu try to do to Pug and Laurie and how did that turn out?
Later that night while Pug and Laurie are asleep Nogamu sneaks into their tent to kill them. They manage to get his knife away and stab him. The punishment for killing the overseer is death. The same Tsurani that saved them in the swamp comes in and has Nogamu hung while he is still breathing so that he will receive no honor in dying by the knife and so that he doesn't have to kill Pug and Laurie.
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