Essay Topic 1
Helen Scofield remembers her father saying "The reporter's job is simply to find its shape." What did he mean by this? Does Helen follow his advice when she writes Mary Amesbury's story?
Essay Topic 2
What first attracted Maureen to Harrold? What does she say about their early relationship? In what way did he act as her mentor? How did that change?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of abuse in this novel and its effect on Maureen emotionally and physically. How does it isolate her from others? Why does she feel she cannot tell anyone about the abuse?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the relationship between Harrold and his father. What happened in Harrold's childhood that Maureen believes scarred him for life? Does this make her feel sympathetic toward him?
Essay Topic 5
Why does Maureen return to Harrold after running away to her mother's house? What does he threaten...
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