Figure 76: Sample Passage from Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums” (Conclusion)

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Figure 76: Sample Passage from Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums” (Conclusion)


“Elisa went into the house. She heard him drive to the gate and idle down his motor, and then she took a long time to put on her hat. She pulled it here and pressed it there. When Henry turned the motor off she slipped into her coat and went out.“The little roadster bounced along on the dirt road by the river, raising the birds and driving the rabbits into the brush. Two cranes flapped heavily over the willow-line and dropped into the river-bed.“Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew.“She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey. She whispered to herself sadly, ‘He might have thrown them off the road. That wouldn’t have been much trouble, not very much. But he kept the pot,’ she explained. ‘He had to keep the pot. That’s why he couldn’t get them off the road.’“The roadster turned a bend and she saw the caravan ahead. She swung full around toward her husband so she could not see the little covered wagon and the mismatched team as the car passed them.

“In a moment it was over. The thing was done. She did not look back.

“She said loudly, to be heard above the motor, ‘It will be good tonight, a good dinner.’

‘Now you’re changed again,’ Henry complained.

Group Activity

Number the actions of Steinbeck’s short story.

On a separate sheet of paper, list the actions.

Circle the verbs.

Compare the list of actions of Figure 76 to Figure 75 (student’s essay).

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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