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He gives the baby a bottle of juice and sits him well back in a big armchair. He sits himself down in another chair and turns on the television. Together they watch The Odd Couple. What do we know about the inhabitants of this world? That sounds admirable. We like that, we are reassured. ” Television? That’s not a crime, but for a guy who complains that he “can never get enough done,” it does seem a bit much. ” Surely the thought crosses a reader’s mind that these two are themselves an odd couple, and the reader may reasonably conclude that in some ways the man—cross, claiming that he can’t get anything done—is as infantile as the baby.

Conscious of sexist language, today we try to avoid saying things like “This shows the greatness of man” or “Man is a rational animal” when we are speaking not about males but about all people. Does Frost’s “Pilgrim-manned” strike you as slighting women? If not, why not? 4. We have already mentioned that Frost’s poem cannot possibly be thought to describe involuntary immigrants. Is this a weakness in the poem? If so, how serious a weakness? qxd 5/16/08 11:58 AM Page 8 8 Chapter 1 / Reading and Responding to Literature 5.

There was silence except for passengers from other cars who asked, What happened! What happened! The little boys stayed close to each other, leaning and touching shoulders and arms and legs. When the policeman knocked at the door and told her about it, Samuel’s mother began to scream. She screamed all day and moaned all night, though the doctors tried to quiet her with pills. Oh, oh, she hopelessly cried. However,she was a young woman and she became pregnant. The child born to her was a boy. They brought him to be seen and nursed.

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