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Figure 85: Essay Excerpt on “Chrysanthemums” (Sampling Body Paragraph Exercise)
|Steinbeck presents Elisa as inquisitive and strong-minded when it comes to thoughts, but fails on her actions. Elisa questions the visitor as to whether or not he sleeps in the wagon; she tells him that it must be nice and wishes that women could do such things. He replies that it isn’t the kind of place for a woman. On the defensive, she questions his knowledge on his stated opinion. He responds in protest that he doesn’t know and hands over the saucepans hurriedly. He didn’t want to argue with her. Elisa paid him for his time and replied, “You might be surprised to have a rival . . . I can sharpen scissors . . . I can beat the dents . . . I can show you what a woman might do” (Steinbeck 225). Instead of say what a woman can do, she said might. The whole objective of the visitor was to get what he wanted and be on his way. He never concerned himself with the chrysanthemums. It was apparent, because when he gathered up his things to leave, he had forgotten about the chrysanthemums; and Elisa failed to notice. She was so preoccupied with the compliments made to her about her flowers she played into his deception. As he left, she mumbled aloud, “That’s a bright direction. There’s a glowing there” (Steinbeck 226).|
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