1. What is Cassandra doing when her character is first introduced in the Prologue: “Fire”? What is her principle concern?
Cassandra lies in bed alone in her home burning up with fever. Cassandra knows that the phoenix-stone, her most precious belonging and the source of her magical powers, is the cause. Cassandra is frightened she will burn as other owners of the stone have done.
2. What actions does Cassandra consider and commit regarding the dilemma she faces in the Prologue: “Fire”?
Cassandra wonders if she should have let Grisini tell her how to prevent her inevitable fate. Instead of calling for him, though, Cassandra attempts to destroy the stone by crushing it, but the stone protects itself by moving her aim at the final moment and smashing her hand instead.
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