The Solace of Open Spaces Topics for Discussion

Gretel Ehrlich
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Beyond the need for isolation, what do you think was the main factor in getting Gretel Ehrlich to stay in Wyoming?

Discuss why you think Ehrlich never gives any significant detail about John the sheepman, who appears to be her closest friend. Also, why is Ehrlich's husband never described or mentioned by name?

How would a woman like Ellen Cotton be able to convince the ranching community that she was a capable rancher? How long do you think it would take?

Even after Ehrlich seemingly begins to recover from David's death, there seems to be a preoccupation with death. Explore Ehrlich's thoughts and various metaphors and references.

Discuss rodeos. Have you ever been to a rodeo? What are your opinions regarding the sport? Did you learn anything from Ehrlich's point of view as a rancher? Explain.

Examine Ehrlich's willingness to put herself into dangerous...

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