- Why do you think Eleanor is the way she is? Do you think this is a result of nature or nurture?
- What does Raymond find appealing about Eleanor?
- Why does Eleanor feel comfortable opening up to Raymond?
- What’s your favorite funny moment with Eleanor? -p.5, p. 15
- What role does Sammy (the old man) play in all of this?
- What was the deal with Raymond and Sammy’s daughter – Laura?
- Eleanor cheers herself up by saying “Morituri te
salutant” (p. 15) – We who are about to die- salute you – what do you do to cheer yourself up?
- Work – “In most professions, getting older means getting better at your job, earning respect because of your seniority and experience” (p. 25).
- What do we think about Eleanor’s father? P. 28 alludes to him being a rapist – but this is information from her mother. Thoughts?
- What is the difference between loneliness and being alone? Which of these applies to Eleanor and why?
- “Is knowing always better than not knowing?” Discuss.
- Mother: Looking back, does
knowingthe truth about Eleanor’s family change the way you look at the exchanges with the mother?
- How do you interpret the novel’s title?
- What do you think the future holds for Eleanor and Raymond? How is their relationship portrayed – is it love? And if so, is it romantic love or platonic love?Q
Questions are from the back novel, The Reading
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