A protagonist is the leading character of a story.
"Many people have married whose chances to do so were much inferior to Miss Martha's."
(i) "He was a middle-aged man, wearing spectacles and a brown beard trimmed to a careful point."(ii) "He spoke English with a strong German accent".
(iii) "She was sure then that he was an artist and very poor" (Martha's opinion only)
(iv) "He always bought two loaves of stale bread."
(v) "Miss Martha was forty, her bank-book showed a credit of two thousand dollars ..." (not about the artist's saving in the bank)
Miss Martha Meacham only talked about the picture in the bakery in her conversation with the artist.
Question: According to Miss Martha Meacham... it means we need to identify Miss Martha Meacham's opinion.
"She was sure then that he was an artist and very poor. No doubt he lived in a garret, where he painted pictures and ate stale bread and thought of the good things to eat in Miss Martha's bakery." (Miss Martha's opinion)
The young man who came along with Blumberger explained:
"When it's done he rubs out the pencil lines with handfuls of stale bread crumbs"
"Well, to-day - well, you know, ma'am, that butter isn't ... well, Blumberger's plan isn't good for anything now except to cut up into railroad sandwiches."
- We first need to understand why Miss Martha put on the blue-dotted silk waist and made the mixture.
"What a thing it would be for art and perspective if genius were backed by two thousand dollars in bank, a bakery, and a sympathetic heart to -- But these were day-dreams, Miss Martha."
Miss Martha Meacham was dreaming of marrying Blumberger. She, therefore, wanted to look pretty and young to impress him.
- When Miss Martha knew that she ruined Blumberger's work, she realised that her dream was never going to become true.
A & B: She had a "sympathetic heart" and wanted to give the artist some nice food. This shows she is caring and compassionate.
C: She was not wise because she made false assumptions about Blumberger.
D: The fact that Miss Martha tried to catch Blumberger's attention implies that she is quite lonely.
A. Appearance is the way that someone looks.
B. Speech is what someone says, often put in "quotation marks".
C. Action is something done by someone.
D. Thought is an idea or opinion of someone.
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12. Why do you think the title of the story is "Witches' Loaves"? Can you give the story another title?
A witch usually tries to tempt people with food in traditional fairytales (e.g. "Snow White", "Hansel and Gretel"), which is similar to the tactics Miss Martha Meacham uses to win the heart of her romantic interest.
13. The story is largely about making false assumptions about other people. Can you share one incident in your life where false assumptions lead to a conflict or misunderstanding?