1. Why doesn’t Eddie like daffodils and strawberries? What do these things mean to Eddie? To the young female narrator? How do they both feel about the English and why?
2. What do Mr. Sawyer’s books represent to Mrs. Sawyer? Why does she want to destroy them? Why, particularly, do you think she wants to burn the books written by women?
3. When Mrs. Sawyer says she will destroy the books, why do you think Eddie says, “Now I’ve got to hate you too”? Why do you think the book are important to him? Does his attachment to the book s conflict with he feelings toward his father and his Englishness? Why or why not?
4. How does being the child of a white father and a mulatto mother affect Eddie? Why?