Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does the narrator become obsessed with the philosopher, de Selby?
The narrator's father is a farmer and his mother runs a pub. Both die when the narrator is a young boy. The narrator is sent off to school, where he reads a book called GOLDEN HOURS by a philosopher called de Selby. The narrator becomes obsessed with him and steals the book.
2. Why does the narrator have a wooden leg?
After leaving school, the narrator breaks his left leg. The doctors amputate the leg and replace it with a wooden one.
3. How does Divney end up working on the farm?
While the narrator is away, John Divney runs his farm. When the narrator returns, Divney says he will leave in a few days but ends up staying. After a year, he runs the farm full-time while the narrator concentrates on studying de Selby.
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