In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle Setting & Symbolism

Madeleine Blais
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Amherst

Although several of the girls live in neighboring towns, Amherst is the central location. With many of its residents working at or attending one of the three local colleges: Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts, and Hampshire College, the population of Amherst tends to be well-read and affluent. Students being irresponsible kids make up the majority of the police reports.

It's a very liberal town where Emily Dickinson once lived, and many people still quote her regularly.

As an example of the town's inclusive worldview, there were special tunnels built under a street to facilitate the mating pilgrimage of the spotted salamander. It is not surprising when one of the players became a vegetarian.

One of the more common jobs is therapist. Therapy comes in many forms: psychoanalysts as well as new age mystics.

Northhampton

Northampton became the villain of the book. It is a rival team...

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