by Christina Rossetti
Up-Hill Truth Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. (5-6)
As far as logistics go, Speaker #1 is getting minimal details here. It might be okay for Speaker #1, but Shmoop would want some more deets.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn. (7-8)
Speaker #1 simply takes this statement for granted, never bothering to ask what it is about the inn that makes it so impossible to miss.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door. (11-12)
One reason we're inclined to trust Speaker #2 is because his answers are so spot-on. In this case, he doesn't specifically answer the question (we still don't know whether to knock or call), but he gives the answer that gets to the heart of what the question is asking: "Will I reach the inn only to be stranded outside?"