The day the telegram comes, however, there is another arrival - Marcus's best friend in the army, a man who grew up without family and, as a result of hearing Marcus's stories, came to think of the Macauleys as his family.
The novel concludes with the grieving Macauleys smiling through their tears and welcoming the young soldier, Tobey George, into their home.
What do you think is meant by the author making the immigrant Mr.
Ara the more compassionate and wise of the two shopkeepers, with Mr. What do you think are the metaphoric implications of the title of chapter twenty-two, "Let There be Light"?
At the telegraph office there's the selflessly compassionate Mr. Macauley and oldest sister Bess who, with her friend Mary Arena, takes pity on a visiting trio of soldiers and joins them on a date at the movies.
Then there are the two very different shop owners, the worldly and infinitely generous Mr. Covington, and a wide selection of characters at Homer's school. Byfield (the manipulative athletic coach), Miss Hicks (the spinster teacher with a surprising perspective on detention) and Mr.
Why do you think the author refer so often in narration to Homer as "the messenger", rather than by his name or by another term?
What do you think is the significance of the old man's story of the rabbits in chapter nine?
In other words, what "light" do you think comes into existence in this chapter?
Given that throughout the narrative, eggs have represented both new life and hope, what do you think the author means when in chapter thirty-eight, just as the Macauleys are about to get the news of Marcus's death...