Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Lydia Vance as Henry sees her in Chapter 1.
Lydia Vance is a thirty-two year old mother of two that Henry meets at his first poetry reading. He is immediately attracted to her as she has long brown hair, an attractive body, and slightly different colored eyes. She is from Muleshead, Utah and usually wears very tight Levi jeans.
2. What does Henry say in Chapter 3 that insults Lydia, and how does she respond?
In Chapter 3, Henry insults Lydia by claiming that her genitalia is tragically and disproportionately large due to the fact that she has given birth to two children. Lydia defends her sexual ability by demanding that Henry have sex with her, but this attempt is thwarted by an interruption by Lydia's daughter, Lisa.
3. What happens at the party in Chapter 4?
In Chapter 4, Henry and Lydia attend a collating party at the small, local magazine where Henry is assistant editor. During the party, Lydia overtly flirts with the other men. At the end of the party, Lydia accuses Henry of being mean, and he states that he is reclusive and does not like people.
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