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Discuss the interweaving narratives in "An Expedition to the Pole". What do you think Dillard is trying to accomplish by alternating the narratives? What does the ending represent?

Dillard admires Larry for trying to teach a stone to talk. Why do you think she believes that this is worthy of admiration when so many would find it crazy or impossible?

Dillard discusses the idea of a sojourner several times in the book, including in the essay by that name. What does she have to say about sojourners? Why is this concept an important one for her?

Dillard has encounters with animals several times in the book. What are some of the things that she observes and learns from the animals she encounters?

Dillard states that she would want to be reincarnated as a palo santo tree. Why? What does she see in the palo santo tree that...

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