Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Toru Okada's life at the beginning of the novel.
Toru Okada is unemployed at the beginning of the novel. She spends his days hanging around his house alone, waiting for his wife Kumiko to return home. He compulsively sucks on lemon drops to help with his attempt to quit smoking. His days are mostly highlighted by cooking and the occasional call on the telephone.
2. What information does Malt Kano provide Toru Okada in their first meeting in Chapter 3?
In their first meeting in chapter 3, Malta Kano explains who she is and how through a series of travels she found her way into the business of divining. She informs Toru Okada that she cannot tell him at present where his cat is, but she does know for certain that he will find his missing polka dot tie in a place other than where he is looking for it.
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