1. What ultimatum is issued at the beginning of Part 1?
Drenka, Sabbath's mistress of 13 years, tells him that he must agree to be monogamous, or she will end their affair.
2. How is Drenka described in Part 1?
Drenka is well-known and loved as the local innkeeper's wife. She is known as a warm woman who showers her guests and employees alike with motherly hospitality.
3. How is Sabbath described in Part 1?
Sabbath is a failed puppeteer, who missed his opportunity for success when he declined Jim Henson's offer to work with him on the television show, Sesame Street. Sabbath's wife never misses an opportunity to remind him of that mistake, but he tells the reader that he would not have been happy doing it anyway.
4. In what political environment was Drenka raised?
Drenka was raised under the Communist regime of Comrade Tito. She was taught to love and fear Tito; and her fellow Croatian citizens were regularly punished for speaking out against him.
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