Short Essay Answer Key
1. How does The Magician's Assistant begin?
Parsifal, Sabine's husband, best friend, and employer has just died on the MRI table at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He suffered a terrible headache which turned out to be an aneurysm that caused his death. Sabine replays the day's events from Parsifal waking up and telling her all about a dream he had about Phan, his recently deceased lover, to the headache that arrived around the same time as the dream to the gentleness of the nurse that was attending him at the MRI where he died.
2. Why did Sabine marry Parsifal, a gay man?
Parsifal's death was not unexpected, but it was not expected so soon. Phan recently died from AIDS and Sabine married Parsifal for the convenience of avoiding inheritance issues once Parsifal succumbed to the same illness.
3. What does Phan tell...
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