The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street Short Essay - Answer Key

Helene Hanff
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What takes place at the beginning of this book? Why does Ms. Hanff do this?

Ms. Hanff had just boarded the flight to London despite the fact that she had just been released from the hospital after an unscheduled surgery. Ms. Hanff had always wanted to go to England and was not going to let anything stop her. Ms. Hanff was going to England to promote the publication of her book, 84, Charing Cross Road.

2. What do Ms. Hanff's friends do for her before she leaves?

At a going away party, several friends had given her a gift certificate to Harrods and her brother had given her a hundred dollars to spend; therefore, she was hoping to stay in London at least two weeks.

3. Why is Ms. Hanff nervous?

Ms. Hanff was nervous and frightened that no one would meet her plane. Nora and Sheila Doel, the wife and daughter of her pen pal at Marks & Co. were supposed to meet her, as was a fan of her book who had written and told her he worked at the airport. Ms. Hanff read their letters again to reassure herself they would be there.

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