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Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
Have you ever felt like you were missing out on a really good time with your friends? What kinds of emotions did you experience? Did you blame your friends for leaving you, or was it more self-pity?
Do you agree with the speaker that you can always find natural beauties close at hand, even in the most barren places? If Coleridge were able to time-travel into the future, would he find places on our planet presently where there is little or no natural beauty?
If Charles Lamb were able to reply to the speaker, what would he say? What would his pet name for the speaker be?
How do you think Coleridge got hot milk dropped on his foot? Seriously, how does that happen? (Coleridge had a rather difficult marriage, and some people think his wife might have done it on purpose!).
Have you ever succeeded in becoming happy by imagining yourself in a happy place? Maybe you were in the library and imagined you were on a cool sandy beach?