Study Guide

Animal Dreams Chapter 1

By Barbara Kingsolver

Chapter 1

Homero: "The Night of All Souls"

  • Doc Homer watches his daughters sleeping curled up like a couple of puppies.
  • We learn that the girls' full names are Cosima and Halimeda.
  • The girls are tuckered out from playing with the other kids on the Day of All Souls, a Spanish holiday where families decorate the graves of their ancestors and cover them with flowers.
  • Doc, permanently anti-fun, decides the girls won't get to celebrate the holiday again, because the great-grandmothers in those graveyards are none of their beeswax.
  • Looking at his daughters, Doc feels pain "for how close together these two are, and how much they have to lose" (1.6). Could that be foreshadowing? We sure hope not.

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