Short Essay Questions Key
1. What recurring dream does Julia have as an adult?
Julia dreams that she is carrying her baby against her chest in the driving rain. They are going toward the river where Julia knows she will drown her child. The river is swelled from the rain and Julia does not know how she will get there.
2. How does Aunt Beatrice die?
Aunt Beatrice is killed by the jealous people of WIdeacre. That same night the villagers burn down the mansion on Wideacre, and Julia's father, Henry, also dies.
3. What happens when the slavers come to Wideacre?
When the slavers come, they take six children from poor families that can no longer afford to feed them. Dr. Pearce, the town doctor appeals to Celia to help the families get their children back, but she refuses.
4. How does it come to pass that Richard strikes Julia with his riding crop?
Richard has received a new horse from Julia's grandfather. Julia waits anxiously for her own horse to arrive but it never does, so Julia entices Richard's toward her and mounts him. Richard catches her riding his horse and is furious, striking her with the riding crop.
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