Working with your partner, explain the use of the following
words, by referring back to the word/ phrase in the
text. Use the text to help you.
1. What does the phrase tell you about the people at
A blur of fancy dressed humanity
Clue: One and all (1), a crowd (2), scores of tuxedos
and party dresses (2)
2. What do the following statements indicate, how are
the characters feeling?
Charlie's huge chest swelled up inside his white shirt.
Serena stood stock-still, her lips parted, her eyes
Clue: line 7
3. What does this statement mean? What does it tell
you about Martha's reaction to Charlie, before he speaks?
A real hambone performance
Clue: line 12, 15
4. Why does the writer add imaginable to the greeting
? Is it a positive or negative greeting?
"Heyyyyyyy, Martha!" he said in the heartiest
Clue line 16
5. Why does the writer choose to present the greeting
in three different ways? What meaning do they convey?
How does the writer re-enforce these different presentations
in the text?
How you doin' gal? How you doin' "Heh yew dewin'?"
Clue: line 19,20,21
6. What do the following words convey about Martha's
reaction to the situation.
To croak out: "Charlie, this is Herbert Longleaf."
Clue: line 22
7. Explain the underlined words. Is the meaning positive
With the sort of pseudo-rapt Southern manly stare she
had seen him use so often
Clue: line 23,24
8. What does the writer mean by the following words?
The great man stoops to converse with us
Find 2 phrases in the paragraph, which convey the same