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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories
by Jewett, Sarah Orne
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1. What do we know about the narrator? Why do you think she chooses to stay in Dunnett Landing for the summer?

2. The author includes many descriptions of nature. What role does the natural landscape play in the story?

3. Why do you think the narrator is so interested in Joanna and her life on Shell-Heap Island? Does the narrator identify in some ways with Joanna?

4. Dunnett Landing is a town on the coast of Maine. How does this location affect the village and the people who live there?

5. The author states that "One sees exactly the same types [of people] in a country gathering as in the most brilliant city company." What kinds of people does the narrator meet in Dunnett Landing, and what does she think of the villagers?

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