Discovery and Flight
solonaceae - retribution - timidity - shingle - desolation - satchels - self-contempt - abasement - wretchedness
- In this chapter, David's character is described more completely. He is now at the crucial stage of boy-man, having characteristics of both stages. Give some examples of David's behaviour that show each stage.
- There is something ironic in the fact that Sophie is discovered in a "good" season. What is meant with "ironic"? What might have happened if the crops and newborn animals had been deviant?
- Give a short character description of the Inspector. Will he do his job if David is ever found out? Who is the greater threat to David, the Inspector or his father? Why?
- On page 46, Mrs Wender says: "Oh, Johnny dear. Why are you so sweet to me, when all I've brought you is - ?" What does she mean with that? What does it say about the position of women in Waknuk society?
- At the end of the chapter, David is full of bitterness, self-contempt, and abasement. Why is that so? Is he correct in feeling that way? Explain your answer carefully.
It would have been very unwise for David to keep a journal (or diary). The word journal means "an account of day-to-day events". It comes from the Latin word diurnalis, which means "pertaining to the day". Below are ten words that derive from diurnalis. See if you can put them in the appropriate blanks.
adjourned - journalese - journalism - dial - diary - journalists - journey - sojourn - dismal - diurnal
1. The judge _______________ the trial of the Wender's for three days. (suspended indefinitely or until a later stated time)
2. My parents plan to _______________ for a month at their country home. (stay temporarily)
3. By accident, David broke the _______________ on the old steam engine. (device to regulate the operation of a machine)
4. The _______________ of the "Waknuk Monthly" lacked depth. (collection, editing, and delivery of the news via the media)
5. Dogs and cats are _______________ animals, unlike owls and bats which are night creatures. (active chiefly in the daytime)
6. The _______________ in Labrador should have reported the news accurately and fairly. (writers or editors for a news medium)
7. The Wender's tried to _______________ to a safe part of the country, far away from Waknuk. (travel)
8. Luckily, David never kept a _______________. (daily record of current activities and feelings)
9. The _______________ weather ruined the Waknuk crops. (bleak, dreary)
10. The _______________ of the "Waknuk Monthly" was terrible. (style of newspaper writing)
If kept on a daily basis, a diary can become -
* a record of events
* a place to clarify your goals
* a place to express yourself freely
* a memory aid
* a way for releasing your imagination
All you need is a pencil or pen and notebook. Make sure to include the following:
* vivid details that will help recreate events
* descriptions of people
* brief conversations, especially those concerning important occasions, events, or situations
* thoughts and observations, no matter how ordinary or banal they seem
* feelings, no matter how embarrassing they may seem now; ten years from now, or even next week, they probably won't be
REMEMBER: Don't censor yourself.
Of course, your diary is your business! Other people, including your parents, have no right reading your diary. If they do so, they are TRESPASSING, and are breaking your RIGHT TO PRIVACY, regardless of the "good" intentions they might have! Make sure they understand that.