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A stream of consciousness narrative about a woman waiting for a call from a man who may be or have been a boyfriend, lover, or even a fling. The narrator tries to control emotions but drops the reins every time she pulls the emotions in.
- What does it mean that the narrator changes her mind quickly and from one extreme to another? Have you done the same?
- "If I didn't think about it, maybe the telephone might ring." Is she successful?
- There are shifts in topic within the paragraph. What does that achieve in the narrative?
- "Darling" is not a common term today. How do we know what it meant to the narrator? [See quote 1 below]
- What is she like to talk to on the phone? Can we know? See quote 2.
- The narrator discusses matters of telephone etiquette. Have they changed? Should it?
- Who is the narrator's antagonist? Her boyfriend? God? herself? or a combination?
- The last time she counts, does she make it to 500? Use text to support your answer.
- Is this tiny crisis, tiny or universal?
- "I think that's where he said 'darling.' I'm almost sure he said it there. I know he called me 'darling' twice, and the other time was when he said good-by. 'Good-by, darling.' He was busy, and he can't say much in the office, but he called me 'darling' twice."
- "He couldn't have minded my calling him up. I know you shouldn't keep telephoning them--I know they don't like that. When you do that they know you are thinking about them and wanting them, and that makes them hate you. But I hadn't talked to him in three days-not in three days. And all I did was ask him how he was; it was just the way anybody might have called him up. He couldn't have minded that. He couldn't have thought I was bothering him. "No, of course you're not," he said.
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