Skinny Legs and All Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What do we learn about Ellen Cherry in the first few sections of the novel?

One of the first things we learn about Ellen Cherry is that she's an artist. She apparently is an artist most of her life. One of the games she plays in her earliest childhood becomes her way of seeing the world from an artistic standpoint. She is also apparently impulsive and romantic because of the way that Boomer Petway wins her heart by showing up in a Turkey.

2. Describe Ellen Cherry's eye game.

When Ellen Cherry is a little girl, she unfocuses her eyes to look at the landscape going by on family road trips. She does the same thing as an adult artist in order to see the world from a new perspective. Doing this seems to reveal otherwise unseen qualities about the world, and therefore add a dimension to her perception generally.

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