How we cite our quotes:
It was a time of quiet and of waiting […] the farmers were mildly hopeful of a good rain before long; but fog and rain do not go together. (2)
These farmers, like all farmers, are at the mercy of the weather. The land won't produce, and their duties can't be fulfilled unless it rains before long. Yet any rainfall seems highly unlikely. So why exactly are they mildly hopeful? Can the weather conditions shed any light on Elisa's plight?
The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy. (6)
Everyone knows that a job that's too easy is often unsatisfying. It might lack the challenge it needs to keep things interesting. Strange, then, that Elisa would be so passionate about something that has the potential to be so boring.
"That sounds like a nice kind of a way to live," she said. (41)
Elisa's idealization of the tinker is a classic symptom of wanderlust. This girl needs a road trip, pronto.