1. Is Ike a hero? Why or why not?
Yes, Ike is a hero. He first rescues the cat from the mayonnaise jar and then was the first to arrive and help Louise from being strangled by her husband. However, Ike's heroism is not rewarded.
2. Is the man strangling Louise ruthless?
The man is not ruthless. At first, he acts tough but immediately begs not to be hurt when he feels in danger.
3. Does Ike live a charmed life?
Ike's life is not charmed at all. He's divorced and seems to have a vibrant history, but his life today is comparatively quiet. He tries his best but is always punished for his help.
4. Does Ike try to isolate himself?
Ike claims that he wants to be alone. However, he always is the first to the scene and is always getting involved in others' problems.
5. What's the purpose of Chapter 2?
Chapter 2 begins to flesh out a bit more of Ike's past before he moved to Kuinak, which was left unexplained in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 also gives more detail on the strange ways of the Loop family and their past.
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