How do you respond to this passage from Olsen’s story, subjectively? How does your response help you make sense of the work, in turn making it more “real” and meaningful for you? Do you think this is how Olsen wants you to respond to this moment in the story? Why? How exactly does she construct her language in her characterizations of people, place, time frame, tone and mood and atmosphere, to shape your response in a particular way? Why do you think she is trying to elicit certain responses from you? How do your subjective responses to this extended passage serve the larger goals Olsen might have for her storytelling in the novel?

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