Essay Topic 1
In the author's description of the trip from France to Japan, he describes it exactly the same except for the description of Lake Baikal. Each time Joncour travels past the lake, the locals are calling the lake by a different name. Why is this significant? What does this symbolize? Why would this be the only point where the author deviates from his description?
Essay Topic 2
Why does Joncour build a park? What is the significance of a windy day and the lake? Why is Joncour drawn to his lake on windy days? What is he thinking about when he sits by the lake after he first finishes the park and then later in the novel? Does the meaning, for him, change? How?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance of St. Agnes to Baldabiou? Why do Joncour and his wife name their youngest daughter Agnes? Why is...
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