The Secret Rapture Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the setting of Act 1, Scene 1. What happens before anyone speaks?

The setting is a darkened bedroom. When a door opens, there is just enough light to illuminate the figure of a man in the bed with a sheet over his face and a woman in a chair at the foot of the bed.

2. What does Marion ask Isobel about their father's death in Act 1, Scene 1? What does Isobel say?

Marion asks if Isobel was with "him" when he died. Isobel says that she was and says there is a moment when you see the soul leave the body "like a bird." Marion regrets she wasn't there.

3. What does Marion come to the bedroom to get in Act 1, Scene 1? Why?

Marion comes to retrieve a ring she'd given to her father. It was an expensive ring, and she tells Isobel that she wants to take it before Katherine sells it for booze. She says also she wants is as a memento for her father.

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