Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #7

"I do believe it has had a snack out of my leg." She stared hard at Gramps. (15.29)

Imagine you suddenly get bitten by a snake. Would the first words out of your mouth be, "I do believe it has had a snack out of my leg?" If a snake bit Shmoop, we'd probably say something like, "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!" Gram is pretty brave and tough. She makes us look like a four year-old girl. No offense to four-year-old girls.

Quote #8

I think fear had made us all a little cantankerous. I had spent the night in the waiting room. Gramps offered to get me a motel room, but I was afraid that if I left the hospital, I would never Gram again. (16.3)

Have you ever experienced a situation in which you or the people around you were so scared that you got kind of grumpy and frustrated? Fear totally does that to people, as strange as it sounds. But why do you think fear makes people cantankerous? Why not sad or worried or nervous?

Quote #9

Gramps was right, but I was disappointed. I was ready to call my father. I wanted very much to hear his voice, but I was also afraid that I might ask him to come and get me. (16.8)

Sal is so scared of losing her grandmother that she's afraid she might not be able to control what she says to her dad on the phone. It's almost like she knows that other people think she's brave, and she doesn't want them to think any different.

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