Essay Topic 1
Summarize Part 1, Chapter 1 which introduces the main character Irene Redfield.
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 1, what does Irene recall about her childhood friend Clare? What tragedy does she remember associated with Clare?
Essay Topic 3
Summarize Part 1, Chapter 2 which recalls the last time Irene and Clare were together.
a) What does Irene recall in a flashback episode about Clare?
b) How did they run into each other?
c) Why didn't Irene recognize her at first?
Essay Topic 4
Describe how racism is introduced into the story.
a) What does Irene remember about Clare "passing"?
b) What conflict between the two is foreshadowed?
Essay Topic 5
What are physical descriptions of Irene and Clare? What indications are there that both women are light-skinned?
Essay Topic 6
Discuss why Irene is reluctant to resume her friendship with Clare.
a) What jealousy and resentment existed between the two...
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