The Winter of Our Discontent Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Margie say to Ethan at the beginning of the book, and how does she feel when she leaves?

Margie comes into the store and begins flirting with Ethan. She mentions that a traveling salesman she has been spending time with has asked about Ethan. As Margie is leaving the store, she is a little angry because Ethan did not respond to her flirting.

2. How is Marullo described at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Marullo is described as being the opposite of Ethan. He dresses in a sloppy manner, speaks in short bursts, and has descended from Italians, not Pilgrims.

3. What does Marullo want to do to save money at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Marullo talks about waste in the store, paying too much for meat, and suggests that Ethan weigh the meat before cutting off the fat, keep the vegetables and fruit a little longer, and some other shady ways of saving money.

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