1. Is it odd that a novel dedicated "To my mother, my grandmother, and all
the other extraordinary women of this story" (page after copyright page)
is narrated by a male, who is the only character whose life spans the
whole novel (he dies in his 90s on p.
1. At the end of Don Quixote, does Don Quixote die "because of the
melancholy caused by his being vanquished" or "because of the will of
heaven" (1028; pt. 2, ch. 74)? Note that Cervantes offers these two
possibilities without indicating which is correct.
Why might the city of Petersburg in the part of the novel you have
finished so far be considered a major character in the story rivalling in
importance even Raskolnikov?
What is the connection between Mephistopheles' "bet" with Faust
and his earlier 'bet" with the Lord (312-35)?
I think that both of the characters in each novel, Sonia and Gandalf, have
interesting and similar views on the idea of fate, life and death. Of these two characters,
much insight can and has been made on the matter, and their statements and introspective