The Sheltering Sky Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Port feel when he wakes up from his nap in the opening scene of the novel?

Right when he wakes up, Port feels very hot and disoriented. For a short moment, he doesn't know where he is, until he hears his wife in the kitchen and knows he's safe.

2. What disturbing dream does Port have while napping in Oman?

While napping in Oman, Port has a very disturbing dream in which he's riding aboard a train that's about to crash. For a moment, he knows he has the opportunity to restart his life if he so chooses, but he doesn't make the decision fast enough and the train crashes, ripping the teeth out of his head.

3. What is the reaction from Tunner and Kit to Port's disturbing dream?

After waking up from his nap, Port sits on the balcony with his wife and friend, drinking tea and discussing the dream. Tunner doesn't have much of a response to the dream, but Kit becomes physically upset. Inside, she tells Port that she doesn't trust Tunner and doesn't want him to know intimate secrets about them, like what they dream about.

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