Short Essay Answer Key
1. Within Chapter 1, Birle observes the mysterious figure and has a brief encounter with him. What clues lead her to the conclusion that he is a city-man, what options does she rule out, and why?
Birle knows that a man of the village would carry a light and that he would walk along a certain path, so she knows the figure is not from the village. She also rules out that the figure is a robber because robbers move in packs while this man is alone. Also, the Kingdom does not have many robbers. She assumes he is a thief because he takes the boat, and realizes that he is not a fisherman or boatman because he handles the boat poorly. Finally, when he speaks, she notices that he speaks well and concludes that he is a city-man, possibly one of the Lord's house...
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