Questions and Tasks for Discussion
What is your understanding of 'the universal parity of existence'?
1. Speak on Sarah's behaviour and Mrs. Poulteney's shock.
2. Why did Sarah smile? What kind of smile was it?
1. What desire rose in Charles when he was looking at Sarah?
2. Why was Charles inexplicable to himself?
3. Now it's clear Sarah had made Mrs. Fairley see her on purpose. Why?
4. Why did Charles look upon what had happened as an abominable crime?
1. Why did Emestina feel both hurt and guilty?
2. What is the distinctive feature of the bourgeoisie?
3. What was Ernestines view of society?
4. What was the tone of her diary? Was it different from her usual attitude? Why?
1. Who discovered the meeting place of Charles and Sarah?
2. How did Charles try to explain his presence there? Did his servant believe him?
3. Was Sarah ready to follow Charles' advice? Why?
1. How did Charles explain the reasons for his going to London to Ernestina?
2. What didn't Charles like in Ernestina?
3. What was the psychological dilemma Charles couldn't resolve?
1. Does Fowles think the Victorian era highly hypocritical?
2. What was the role of women in Victorian society?
1. What simple pleasures did Sarah decide to afford herself?
2. What did the author mean saying that Sarah had an aesthetic sense?
3. Why does the author call this period in Sarahís life 'the first holiday of her adult life'?
4. Is the reader given to understand what was going on in Sarahís mind? Why?
1. How did Mr. Freeman take the news of Charles' changed circumstances?
2. What proposition did Mr. Freeman make to Charles? Why did it shock him? What did he tell Mr. Freeman?
3. Was Charles comfortable with his fianciie's parents? If not, why?
4. Why did Charles feel obscurely debased, 'a lion caged'?
1. Why do you think Charles decided to go to Ernestina's father to speak to him about his reduced circumstances?
2. Why did Charles think that "the lower orders were secretly happier than the upper1?
3. Why did Charles look upon Mr. Freeman's offer as an insult?
4. What were the motives for his rejection of the offer?
5. Is it clear now that Charles is trying to escape from his marriage to Ernestina?
Prove that Charles was in a confused and anguished state of mind.
Do you think Charles' nausea was more than physical?
1. Why did Charles feel relieved?
2. In what way was Charles influenced by the baby girl's presence?
3. Why did he suddenly feel able to face his future?
1. Why was Sam so much interested in Charles' marrying Emestina?
2. What kind of man was Sam? Was he dishonest?
1. Do you think Charles felt somewhat reconciled to his fate? What shows it?
2. Sarah was a mere symbol now. What did she symbolize?
1. How does the whimsical and playful tone of the last half of the chapter influence the readerís attitude to the first half, that is the reunion of Charles and Ernestina?
2. Is this end of the story logical?
1. What effect did Sarah's three-word letter produce on Charles?
2. Speak on the 'anxiety of freedom' state in which Charles found himself.
3. Why did Sam decide to follow his master?
1. When did Charles realize that he hadn't come to say 'good-bye' but to see Sarah again?
2. What denied Dr. Grogan's theory?
3. What betrays the authorís subtle irony at the end of the chapter? What is the butt of his irony?
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