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Why do you think Parker's female characters tend to be irrational and borderline manic? Explain.

In light of the portrayal of the female characters in the stories, do you think that Parker hates women? Explain.

How might the poetry of Dorothy Parker have influenced her short stories?

What alternatives could the Wheldons have employed beside separation?

Much of Parker's poetry revolves around death. What are the reasons the author was convinced that death was preferable to life? Would this have changed as she got old?

Parker often creates characters who act falsely to please others. Is this a sign of the times or due to the societal belief that women must behave a certain way as to keep a man?

How might the adulterous affairs in the short stories relate to Parker's life?

How might the New York Lady have coped with a true...

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