1. What significant event occurs just before the story begins?
The slaves are emancipated.
2. Who owns Coulibri Estate at the beginning of the story?
3. Why do Tia and Antoinette cease to be friends?
They have an argument at the "bathing pool."
4. In Part 1, why is Aunt Cora concerned about the family just after Antoinette's mother remarried?
The former slaves are angry at their former owners and pose a threat.
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