Short Essay Questions Key
1. What sounds does Isaac wake to in the morning of the novel's first chapter?
In the first chapter of the novel, Isaac awakes next to his insect lover, Lin, to the furious sound of people making their way through the day on the streets below. The street is flooded with creatures of all sorts buzzing about the open-air market in the oozing, supporting chaos and stench of Shadrach Street in New Crobuzon.
2. What does Lin tell Isaac she must purchase for her in the morning of the novel's first chapter?
Lin tells Isaac she must travel to the Old CIty to buy colorberries produced by Khepri women and sold in a spittle shop, so she can eat them to produce a colored substance secreted behind her head that she uses to paint pictures. She attempts to leave straight away because it is a long journey, but Isaac pulls her back to be for some playful lovemaking.
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