Ellen Thatcher goes by many names in the book. Discuss and analyze the names she goes by and what is happening in her life at the time of each change.
As an adult, Jimmy Herf often slips into daydreams as he is walking or working. How does this ability to daydream affect his job at the Times? Who are characters in his daydreams? What do some of his daydreams mean?
Stan Emery is a rich kid who can't seem to find his way in life. Describe his lifestyle and how it eventually leads to his demise. Include incidents from the book.
Describe Congo's outlook on life and how he progresses throughout the book. Does he retain his sense of humanity? Why or why not?
At one point Ellen says that having children is an admission of defeat. Eventually, after Stan's death, she marries Jimmy Herf and has a...
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