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April 3, 2007

The Birth of a State

O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"'Do you know what great birthday this is?' he asked" (69).

I wondered when I read it the first time why on earth this whole part had to be in here, and then I began thinking that maybe the questions he asked her had some particular meaning. So, I wondered why he would ask a question regarding a birthday, especially when the answer isn't even for a person - it is for a state, Florida. But, if she is pregnant, this makes sense - eventually she will be giving birth, only to a person luckily, not a state. But, to me it was unexpected that the answer to his history question of the day was a state when I thought it would be a person. And I'm sure Ruby was really surprised when she realized she was pregnant. I donít know, maybe that is stretching it a bit, but I thought it couldnít hurt to out the idea out there.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at April 3, 2007 11:55 PM


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