1. On the
way to Farleigh, NC Blanche meets Thelvin, the train conductor,
who shows an interest in her. She also sees her former lover Leo
while in Farleigh. Discuss her behavior with these men and what
it reveals about Blanche's attitude about relationships.
sees David Palmer, the man who raped her, shortly after rescuing
Clarice from Seth, the man who was assaulting her. For fear of
what would happen to him Clarice says she will not tell Mr. Henry
about the incident, just as Blanche did not tell Leo at the time
of her attack. Discuss how this silence could impact a relationship.
3. How does
Blanche's plans to get revenge and cause David Palmer grief get
circumvented by other events?
has his issues with Mumsfield's finance' Karen so he solicits
Blanche's assistance to get proof of his suspicions. What was
Blanches' motivation to take on Archibald's sleuthing project.
Was it her concern for her former employer/friend or getting to
David Palmer? Is Mumsfield the exception to Blanche's rule about
the employer/employee relationship?
5. From the
first visit there seems to be some strain and/or barriers
between Blanche and Miz Cora (her mother). Discuss what you thought
initially about their interaction.
they have had their heart to heart about Blanche's father and
Miz Cora learns of her daughters' rape the knowledge of a shared
history of assault and suffering brings down those barriers. Discuss
the mother-daughter relationship and how each can aide the others
development and sense of empowerment.
7. What is
the reaction of Ardell as it relates to Thelvin? Discuss how courtship
can affect a friendship.
8. By the end of the book Blanche has a different response to
the abuse her neighbor is subjected to. Discuss how you responded
to her initial "she should just leave" attitude.
the role women can and should play in the support of those victimized
by spousal abuse.
and Blanche have a long history. How does it change with their
new working relationship?
11. How does
Blanche deal with the truth about David Palmer and his role in
the death of Maybelle and Bobby?
Blanche's last meeting with Daisy she finally tells the whole
truth. Was Blanche duped by Daisy?