What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal Short Essay - Answer Key

Zoe Heller
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1. Why does Barbara state that she is telling Sheba's story?

Barbara wants to tell Sheba's story because she feels she can give a fair and unbiased account of the affair. She feels that she knows the truth because she and Sheba are such good friends, and she has witnessed many of the events firsthand. Barbara feels that Sheba deserves to have the truth be told.

2. When Sheba describes her first physical encounter with Steven, how does she describe his scent to Barbara?

Sheba tells Barbara that Steven smelled clean, like laundry. She describes him as smelling of "scrupulous self-maintenance."

3. Why is Barbara concerned about the living situation that she and Sheba have at the beginning of the book?

Barbara and Sheba are living in Sheba's brother's home. Sheba's brother and his family are in New Dehli, but will be returning home soon, leaving them with no place to stay. Sheba and her husband are separated and therefore cannot go home, and Barbara has given up her flat.

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