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English 212 Study Guide Week Six

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1 English 212 Study Guide Week Six ­Mark Twain: “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” 1. If there was a horse­race, you’d find him flush or you’d find him busted at the end of  it; if there was a dog­fight, he’d bet on it; if there was a cat­fight, he’d bet on it; if there  was a chicken fight, he’d bet on it; why, if there was two birds setting on a fence, he  would bet you which one would fly first; or if there was a camp­meeting, he would be  there reg’lar to bet on Parson Walker, which he judged to be the best exhorter about  there, and so he was too, and a good man. 2. He ketched a frog one day, and took him home, and said he cal’lated to educate him;  and so he never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog  to jump. And you bet you he did learn him, too. He’d give him a little punch behind, and  the next minute you’d see that frog whirling in the air like a doughnut – see him turn one  summerset, or may be a couple, if he got a good start, and come down flat­footed and all  right, like a cat. ­W.D. Howells: “Editha” 1. All the while, in her duplex emotioning, she was aware that now at the very beginning  she must put a guard upon herself against urging him, by any word or act, to take the part  that her whole soul willed him to take, for the completion of her ideal of him. 2. She must sacrifice anything to the high ideal she had for him, and after a good deal of  rapid argument she ended with the climax: “But now it doesn’t matter about the how or  why. Since the war has come, all that is gone. There are no two sides, any more. There is  nothing but our country.” ­Ambrose Bierce: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” 1. Death is a dignitary who, when he comes announced, it is to be received with formal  manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him. In the code of military  etiquette silence and fixity are forms of deference. 2. His neck was in pain, and, lifting his hand to it, he found it horribly swollen. He knew  that it had a circle of black where the rope had bruised it. His eyes felt congested; he  could no longer close them. His tongue was swollen with thirst; he relieved its fever by  thrusting it forward between his teeth into the cold air. How softly the turf had carpeted  the untraveled avenue! He could no longer feel the roadway beneath his feet! ­Henry James: “The Beast in the Jungle” 1. She was the only other person in the world then who would have it, and she had had it  all these years, while the fact of his having so breathed his secret had unaccountably  faded from him. No wonder they couldn’t have met as if nothing had happened. 2 2. The Beast had lurked indeed, and the Beast, at its hour, had sprung…it had sprung as  he didn’t guess; it had sprung as she hopelessly turned from him, and the mark, by the  time he left her, had fallen where it was to fall. He had justified his fear and achieved his  fate; he had failed, with the last exactitude, of all he was to fail of… ­Sarah Orne Jewett: “A White Heron” 1. No, she must keep silence! What is it that suddenly forbids her and makes her dumb?  Has she been nine years growing and now, when the great world for the first time puts  out a hand to her, must she thrust it aside for a bird’s sake? 2. The child gives a long sigh a minute later when a company of shouting catbirds comes  also to the tree, and vexed by their fluttering and lawlessness the solemn heron goes  away, she knows his secret now, the wild, light, slender bird that floats and wavers, and  goes back like an arrow presently to his home in the green world beneath. ­Kate Chopin: “Desiree’s Baby” 1. He thought Almighty God has dealt cruelly and unjustly with him; and felt, somehow,  that he was paying Him back in kind when he stabbed thus into his wife’s soul. Moreover he no longer loved her, because of the unconscious injury she had brought upon his home and his name. 2. A graceful cradle of willow, with all its dainty furbishings, was laid upon the pyre,  which had already been fed with the richness of a priceless layette. Then there were silk  gowns, and velvet and satin ones added to these; laces, too, and embroideries; bonnets  and gloves; for the corbeille had been of rare quality. ­Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: “A New England Nun” 1. She had been faithful to him all these years. She had never dreamed of the possibility  of marrying anyone else. Her life, especially for the last seven years, had been full of a  pleasant peace, she had never felt discontented nor impatient over her lover’s absence;  still she had always looked forward to his return and their marriage as the inevitable  conclusion of things. 2. Even now she could hardly believe that she had heard aright, and that she would not do Joe a terrible injury should she break her troth­plight. She wanted to sound him without  betraying too soon her own inclinations in the matter. She did it successfully, and they  finally came to an understanding; but it was a difficult thing, for he was as afraid of  betraying himself as she. ­Booker T. Washington: from Up From Slavery 1. As we have proved our loyalty to you in the past, in nursing your children, watching by the sick­bed of your mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear­dimmed  eyes to their graves, so in the future, in our humble way, we shall stand by you with a  devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down our lives, if need be, in  3 defence of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, civil, and religious life with  yours in a way that shall make the interests of both races one. 2. As rule, I believe in universal, free suffrage, but I believe that in the South we are  confronted with peculiar conditions that justify the protection of the ballot in many of the  states, for a while at least, either by an educational test, a property test, or by both  combined; but whatever tests are required, they should be made to apply with equal and  exact justice to both races. ­Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper” 1. It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly  irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little  distance they suddenly commit suicide – plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy  themselves in unheard of contradictions. 2. But in the places where it isn’t faded and where the sun is just so – I can see a strange,  provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and  conspicuous front design. ­Edith Wharton: “Roman Fever” 1. The two ladies looked at each other again, this time with a tinge of smiling  embarrassment, and the smaller and paler one shook her head and colored slightly. 2. A few years later, and not many months apart, both ladies lost their husbands. There  was an appropriate exchange of wreaths and condolences, and a brief renewal of intimacy in the half­shadow of their mourning; and now, after another interval, they had run across each other in Rome, at the same hotel, each of them the modest appendage of a salient  daughter. ­W. E. B. Du Bois: from The Souls of Black Folk 1. Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some  through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All,  nevertheless, flutter around it. 2. But the hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst  into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners.


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