Essay chrysalids q

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The Chrysalids
By John Wyndham

Chapter one—A Dream and the Definition (pages 5-14)

Glossary

a.) germinate: to begin to develop
b.) dungarees: heavy cotton pants or overalls usually made of blue denim
c.) cleft: a fissure or crack
d.) precepts: orders or rules meant to guide one’s conduct
e.) rote: fixed routine; repetition of forms or phrases often without attention to meaning
f.) cold-poulticed: a poultice is usually a soft mixture made with herbs and organic material, usually heated, spread on a cloth and applied to a sore or an injury; here it is a cold mixture

Questions

1. List the main characters introduced to the reader in the first chapter. Provide a brief description of each character.
2. Why did Mary
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What casual remark does David make in his home that alarms his family? What is their reaction, and why is it so extreme?
2. What further impressions do we get of David’s father?
3. Again, we are given a pointed reference to the Old People, and their way of life. What information are we given about the Old People?
4. What is the terrible, but prophetic dream that David has the night after his remark? Explain the symbolism and meaning of the dream. Also, explain how this dream is foreboding (a warning in advance; usually of something evil.)

Chapter Four—The Group (Pages 29-41)

Glossary

a.) rick: a large stack, as of hay, in the open air
b.) dissemble: to feign; pretend; disguise
c.) helve: handle of an axe, hatchet
d.) spinney: a small wood with undergrowth; thicket
e.) demise: discontinuance or cessation of activity or operation
f.) sub judice: still before the judge or court; not yet decided
g.) peroration: concluding part of a speech
h.) ethics: moral principles or practice; dealing with moral duty of man
i.) rectitude: uprightness; virtue, goodness, morality
j.) pedant: a person who makes a display of his learning
k.) attested pedigrees: certified documents signed by witnesses to show as genuine the ancestral line or lineage of a person
l.) trenchant: sharp, mentally alert, keen

Questions

1. Describe Uncle Alex’s appearance and

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