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     4/11/04

I think the Huckleberry Finn is a boy that is kind of forced to deal with many things going on around him. Like him meeting up with Jim and becoming friends with him, is something that Huck thinks about. For example- the whole slavery thing, and how everyone and him, himself deals with it. He then faces a lot of things about the whole slavery and then pulls him two different directions.
Like when Huck was younger and slavery was an accepted practice. The reason that is, is because this was something that he faces with first and something that everyone really accepts all the things that are going on. So basically, when he was younger and growing up, he’s been really thinking about slavery and that it was something that was going on around him at all. Now since he is older and is raised by civilized people, who are all trying to be people of god, for example Miss Watson, who still does not express any outward argument with the whole issue of slavery. The try to make Huck a more civilized person, and still is surrounded by lack of sympathy, and has no chance to have unwilling rubbed off on him. Something like meeting Jim might change the way he thinks about the whole slavery issue.
The thing is, is that slavery is accepted by the good people, like Miss Watson, and if they are the good people and the people of god, then him being friends with Jim. I think a good friend is someone that isn’t going to go on being mean about things and are not going to let other people get in the way of things. Huck then realizes that it is a very cruel thing, what they are doing to people and their families. They separate them and now they are faced with a problem that most of them don’t want to deal with but yet have to. The good people accept slavery, but yet Jim is Huck’s friend and what they are doing to him appears to be wrong. Some of the confusion that he goes though is all because of the environment he lives or is in. Something like today, someone being raised by a family that belongs to a church or something like that someone being raised by a godly person or family. A lot of people of a church do not allow or accept some person of that practice. And the reason for that is because if you are friends with someone that is like that and how they get made fun of all the time about how they are, is something that you taught and that was not to make fun of people just because they are different. But Huck was taught one thing and is surrounded by another thing. The way Huck acts towards the whole slavery situation tells you about his character.
Later on Huck realizes the dishonesty of the society and the one that he is living in. Some of the things are, his feelings that he is getting and some of the hatred for the society also. As you can see Huck is faced with a great deal of problems and the river kind of gives a symbol of him running away from all of his problems instead of staying and dealing with all of them.
I think that Huck is the type of person that really doesn’t want anything to be wrong with anyone; like his friends or family or anyone that might be close to him as well. But yet also he doesn’t really want to deal with it at the same time as things are happening around him. Its something that not a lot of people want to deal with and I can see why. Huck just wants everyone to really get along and not have any problems, but as we know that would not happen. Because something just happen for a reason and sometimes its for the better.
~Ashley Arenz~

 

In this story, Huckleberry Finn is forced to deal with many injustices going on around him. With him becoming friends with Jim, one of the main things that he encounters (ever since the slave hunters are looking for Jim) is the whole issue of slavery, and how he, and other people around him deal with that. He eventually is faced with a lot of hypocrisy about the whole subject, which in turn, obviously pulls him in two different directions.

Firstly, in the time period that Huck is growing up in, slavery is an accepted practice. Therefore, this is the first obstacle he faces, because where he is growing up, and when he is growing up, really accepts everything that is going on. So naturally, he has grown up not really thinking anything of the fact of slavery that is happening around him.

Secondly, he is now being raised by more “civilized” people, who are all trying to be people of god, like Miss Watson and Sally Phelps, who still do not express any outward disagreement with the whole issue of slavery. If Huck is to be made into a more “civilized” person, and is still surrounded by indifference on this topic, and is given no chance to have some resistant rubbed off on him, he will also grow to accept this practice. In this way, him meeting Jim could technically “save his soul”.

The hypocrisy of the whole thing, is that slavery is accepted by even the “good people”, like sally and Miss Watson. So if they are “good people”, and people of god, and Jim is his friend. A good kind friend, who although he may be ignorant on some topics, displays no less ignorance, than those who condone slavery. So Huck does realize how cruel it is, what they are doing to him by separating him (Jim) from his family, and is now faced with a problem. “Good people” accept slavery, BUT…Jim is his friend, and what they are doing does indeed appear to be wrong. What does he do?? This is some of the moral confusion that he goes through, all because of the setting, and the environment he is in. That would be like today, someone being brought up by good, godly people. Possibly people of the church, or I have a friend who’s dad is actually a preacher, so that would be another situation. Just anyone being brought up by anyone considered “good”. What is that person (the one being brought up) had a homosexual friend. But homosexuals are made fun of all the time, that’s not a hidden fact. And a lot of people of the church do not accept that practice. So, the one who is friends with the homosexual is torn, because he is taught one thing, and surrounded by one thing….but then he actually has a friend who is in the persecuted group. Moral dilemma. Hucks choice here will actually tell you a lot about his character.

Later in the novel, Huck begins to recognize the hypocrisy of society, and the one that he lives in. The feelings that he gains, some of the same hatred for society that he possessed in Tom Sawyer, reappear here, and in the end shape some of the most important decisions he makes. He seriously reaches a lot of points where he is just sick of society. Like after the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud. Eventually Huck is just forced to deal with a lot of the problems he faces, as the river kind of symbolizes him running away from his problems, instead of staying and dealing with them.

 

Travis Rudd

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   4/18/04

 

I think that there are a few ways that this book can be compared to Huck the character. Also when we watched to video about the book, I learned that it was a very controversial book and I think we all can see this as we read Huckleberry Finn. Many of the people or families that have children reading this book and other books like huckleberry Finn are not please with a certain word that is used very often. But in many was I can see how these mothers and children can be offended for the use of the word, but you also have to look though that and remember that this was the way people talked back in the time period and that is how the book is written, also he just wrote the book in the style of the time. It’s not like he was doing it to hurt anyone, but it was the way it was in that time period. I also think if they did not talk that way in that time period and then someone went off and wrote a book about it but used the word then, I can see the families or whoever getting so upset about it. But Mark Twain wrote this book of how or what it was like in that certain time period. I mean I can also see how they don’t like the usage of the word and are offended by it in so many ways. Since that, it has been used as a more of an insulting term. When reading this book you see that when the book was written they used a term to describe the black slaves and Huck also does a few things that someone might consider contentious. One of the things would be a runway child. The beginning of the book it talks about how he runaway from his abusive father and meets up with Jim. Jim is a runaway slave on a farm, which is were Huck used to live with a widow. Now Huck and Jim are floating down the river on a homemade raft and running away from all the bad things that are happening around them. But then a few people find them and return them to there hometown. Later on Huck still hangs out with Jim and they have a few new people with them that are crooks. Which to me is something that isn’t a good deal to be in if you are hanging with crooks or whatever. But besides that, they run from town to town pulling tricks on the people that live there ad that is how they make money. It’s a very strange way but then you have to remember that they are with crooks. So they then run with their money they had made and don’t stop until they get a few towns way and the reason they do that is just incase the word gets spread about. Something that was not right at all that they did was going to a funeral and pretending to be the dead mans brother which is a way for them to get money. To me it looked that they were going to get away with it and about eight thousand dollars. Then Huck turns everything around in a bad way and they barley get anything plus away with their own lives. Then Huck is bothered by the King about how they were leaving without them and then the Duke points out that they weren’t looking for Huck when they were running. But Huck was trying to get away from them, also he wasn’t about to confess it now that they were back around them.

In the video that we watched something that I remember clearly, was the mother and daughter. The mother and daughter were saying how they thought Jim was a dumb, ignorant and also an uncaring person. They also said that Jim was basically he was someone that had no feeling or emotions at all. At first I kind of thought the same as the mother and daughter had said, but then I really think that Jim is just the opposite of that and as you keep reading the book does progress and you learn more about Jim and how he really thinks about things. The reason I say this is because he is drawn out like that and so when the book gets better it makes you pay a lot more attention to the way that Jim acts and stuff. To me Jim shows a lot of emotion that I really can’t understand how they think he is like that at all. Something like him weeping over his wife and children quite a lot shows that he cares and misses them very much. Something else is when Huck plays a mean trick on him he does get angry but is very glad that they are both safe and still together. The reason for this is because the trip would have been so hard them to travel by themselves. Jim thought that Huck had died and he cries about that and then when he finds Huck he is so happy again. To me Jim is very faithful to the only white friend, and something I think is that Huck taught Jim that no matter what color you are no one is better then anyone else. We are all the same no matter what is going on in the world.

I think the Era of Reconstruction was the say things were changing towards the blacks.
A lot of blacks were being freed but that also did not mean that they were treated like human beings. They were still being treated poorly and also treated as if they were not the same or equal to the whites. To me I would have to say that I count not expect the people to be told that the blacks were then equal to the whites and then have to people accept it automatically but they really didn’t accept it at all. Some of the blacks were treated worse after they were free. The killings and the lynching and how they were scared off from many public places makes me feel bad for them and I could never ever treat someone that way. Just like how some places were not willing to sell any food to them because of their color and also they had a hard time getting food supplies. Which to me isn’t right at all for people to treat other people that way, but then it was back in the time period and it was different then now. They had no land whatsoever in which they could farm on and they had no homes either. Things and people were in really sad shape but then later on a few things got better. Just like when the soldiers from the North won the civil warm, they seemed like they didn’t know what to do next. It was like they didn’t really have a plan on what to do after they had won the war. They had no clue at all.

I really liked reading this book because a lot of things came to mind that I would have never thought about before. Something I liked a lot was the way Huck and Jim got along. I made me happy that they were together and stuck by each others sides when they were on their journey. It made me feel a lot better about how the blacks were being treated to see them so happy.

~*~Ashley Arenz~*~

 

I think that this book can be compared to the character of Huck in a few ways. First of all as we learned from the video it is a very controversial book. Many of the minorities are offended by the use of a certain word in this book. I can understand that they would be offended but you I also think that they need to understand that that was the way people talked back in the time period that the book was written and he just wrote it in the style of the time. If they had not spoken like that when he wrote the book then I think they would have more of a reason to be all worked up about it. But like I said before I do understand how they could be offended by the usage of the word because since that time it has been used as a derogatory term. When the book was written though it was used as a term to describe the black slaves. Huck also does some things that could be considered controversial. He is first of all a runaway child. In the beginning of the book he runs away from his abusive father and meets up with Jim who is a runaway slave on the farm where Huck used to live with the widow. He is floating down the river on a homemade raft and running away from bad situations and the people who would find him and Jim and return them to their hometown. Also later in the book he is hanging around with Jim still but a few of crooks have joined them. The way they make money is to run from town to town pulling tricks on the people living there. Then they run off with their money and just don’t stop for a few towns in case the word of them has spread. I think that their most inventive way of getting money was going to the funeral and pretending to be the dead mans brothers. It looked like it was all going to work out for them and that they were going to get away with it and get around 8 thousand dollars out of it too. Then thanks to Huck the tables are turned and they barely get away with their lives. The king for awhile bothers Huck about the fact that he was leaving with out them but then the Duke pointed out that they didn’t look for Huck when they were running either. Huck really was trying to get away from them but he was not about to admit it now that they were back.
~Kaitlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the video that we watched the mother and daughter were saying how they thought that Jim was drawn as a dumb, illiterate, and uncaring person. They said that he was basically drawn out like he had no feelings or emotions. But to me he is drawn out as just the opposite. I will admit that at first I did think that he was drawn out the way that those two ladies seem to think he is but as the book progresses you learn much more about Jim and how he thinks. I think the reason that he is drawn out like that is so that as the book progresses it makes you pay more attention to the way that Jim acts. He shows so much emotion that I don’t even understand how they could think he is drawn like that. I mean he weeps over his wife and children quite a lot and obviously misses them. Also when Huck plays a trick on Jim he gets angry but then is so glad that they are both still safe and together because the journey would have been so hard for them to do it by themselves. Also when Jim thought that Huck had died he cries and is so happy when he finds him again. Jim is very loyal to the only white friend he has ever had and Huck benefits so much from having Jim as a friend. I think it taught him that the black people were not less than the whites and I know he thought that he was at first but he also begins to realize that Jim is the same as any other man.
~Kaitlin~

 

 

 

During the Era of Reconstruction the attitude was changing towards blacks. Many of them were being freed but that did not mean that they were being treated as human beings. They were still being treated poorly and treated as if they were not equal to the whites. I would have to say that I couldn’t expect the people to be told that the blacks were now equal to them and have the people accept it automatically but they REALLY didn’t accept it. It seems like some of the blacks were treated worse after they were free than when they were slaves. There were killings and lynching and they were scared off from many public places. Some places were not willing to sell them food or other products so they sometimes had a hard time of getting food supplies. They had no land in which they could farm from and they had no homes. The people were in really sad shape there for awhile but then things got better. When the soldiers from the North won the civil war it seemed like they were almost like “ok so we won the war, not what do we do with all these people??” They didn’t have a very thought out plan they were just out to win the war and then didn’t know what they were going to do after they did win.
~Kaitlin~

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

     5/2/04

Something that caught my attention was the character Evelyn Nesbit. She is a woman of great wealth because of her husband. Something that was weird to me, is the fact that her boyfriend, but now husband had beaten her before they were married. But then he asked her to marry him and she said “yes.” Even though she knew he would still beat her, but she still wanted to marry him. Now to me the only reason he asked her to marry was so nothing would be said about him beating her. I don’t know why she accepted but it was obvious that they did not love one another at all. Evelyn was cheating on Harry anyway from the beginning. Evelyn did not feel loved by him and then she turns to other men for the love she doesn’t get. Harry K. Thaw is the man she is married to. I think that he is aware that she was cheating on him by seeing other me. He then eventually killed the man Evelyn was seeing. Stanford White was murdered at the grand opening of a building that he designed. Now to me Harry knew that he would get caught but he was so angry that he didn’t care. Harry K. Thaw is in jail and Evelyn is going to testify for Harry. But from what I see, Evelyn is going to make is look like she is trying to defend Harry, while at the same time accusing him. When Evelyn meets the old man and his daughter she is immediately intrigued. At first she notices the beautiful girl and then sees the clothesline that is tied to her hand. Then when she follows the clothesline she sees that it is then tied to the old mans wrist. Evelyn asks why the girl is tied, the man grumpily says to her so that the little girl wouldn’t get stolen from him. Evelyn would not see something like that happening and the man was surprised by Evelyn’s lack of knowledge.
Evelyn liked the little girl so much; she would go back to the stand to get the little girl’s portrait cut out at least once a day. Evelyn eventually grew closer and closer to the little girl and the family that they trusted eachother a little bit more so that they would enjoy their meetings with each other. The way the Evelyn took care of the little girl when she was sick took me by surprise. She took care of the girl so that Tateh could go set up his stand. She even broke the little girls fever. I think that this is the point where the girl finally begins to trust Evelyn, because she was in so much pain and then she felt better because the things Evelyn did for her.
I think that Evelyn represents a new way of life. She is a woman that is different for all the other women. Because she is not loyal to her husband and she does not love him and as far as I know, is that they do not have any children whatsoever. Evelyn has her own chauffer and is a very rich woman. I think that thanks to her husband she is in a search for a way better life then she has now. But she is also hoping that he will be in jail for a long, long time. She does not want him to think that she doesn’t want him either. To tell you the truth I was very confused about why she goes and visits him every day in jail. I mean it must be something to go along with her big scheme so she can get away from him. She wants him to feel like she still loves him but then in away she doesn’t want to be with him at all. Now to me Emma Goldman is definitely an interesting character. I am not sure why she had pointed Evelyn out in the meeting, but Evelyn was very upset with it. And then when Tateh found out, he gave her a very dirty look and then stormed off with the little girl. I think that Tateh felt deceived, and was uncertainty very angry about it. Evelyn was upset very much, because being with Tateh and the little girl. It gave her something to look forward to every day and they made her so happy.
Something that I thought was a sad point in life for Houdini was when he broke out of the jail cell. I mean he did complete his objective but also realized that he was not as respected as he had thought, due to Harry K. Thaw’s behavior. He then got to thinking that the attendees of his show were children and their parents and the majority of them were poor families. He realizes that the upper class families looks down upon what he does and considers what he does is unimportant to them. One part that really got my attention was how he kept all these things that he had used to break out on his body. Like when he kept a piece of metal in a callus on his foot and a metal piece in her hair, so that even though he was naked he could still break out and complete the challenge. Even though he had completed the challenge he was not happy. When he went down to the office he was almost sad. They had a celebration, but he just sat there and was thinking about how what he did was not at all valued.
Something that I would like to hear about it the little boy and his mother and father. We really haven’t heard anything about them yet, but we were introduced to them, but yet the book has not gone back to them yet. All it has been focusing on is Evelyn and Tateh and the little girl. Even thought some of the book has talked about the upcoming trial. I thought that it was interesting about how it switched back and forth to Harry, Houdini because I thought that the part with the little boy and the mother and father would be the only time he would have been mentioned. But I was wrong on that part.
I am very anxious to keep reading and to see what happens with the whole trail thing.

~*~ Ashley Arenz ~*~

 

One of the most interesting characters to me is Evelyn Nesbit. She is a woman of great wealth due to her husband. One thing that was weird to me was the fact that her husband beat her before they were married and then he proposed to her and she accepted. She knew that he would beat her and then she still married him. To me the only reason that he asked her was so that word would not get out that he had beaten her. I don’t know why she accepted though. It was obvious that they didn’t love each other though. Evelyn was cheating on her husband from the beginning. She didn’t feel loved by him and thus turned to other men for the love that she wanted. Harry K. Thaw was her husband and I think that he was aware that she was cheating on him. He eventually killed the man that she was with besides himself. Stanford White was murdered at a grand opening of a building that he designed. Harry must have known that he would have gotten caught but he was so angry at Evelyn that he apparently didn’t care. He is currently in jail (in the part that I am in) and Evelyn is going to testify for him but from what I gather she is going to make it sound like she is trying to defend him while at the same time accusing him “by accident”. When she meets the old man and his daughter she is instantly intrigued. She notices the beautiful girl first and then sees the clothesline tied to her hand. When she follows the line she sees that the little girl is tied to an old mans wrist. When Evelyn asks why the little girl is tied the man gruffly replies to her that it is so she wouldn’t be stolen from him. Evelyn could not believe that things like that would ever happen and the man was surprised at her ignorance.
Evelyn liked the little girl so much that she would go back to the stand and get her portrait cut out at least once a day. Eventually she grew closer and closer with the family and they trust each other a little bit more so that they grew to enjoy their meetings with each other. I was surprised at the way Evelyn took care of the little girl when she was sick. She took care of her all day so that Tateh could go set up his stand. She even broke the little girls fever. I think this is the point where the little girl finally begins to trust Evelyn because she was in so much pain and then she felt better because of the things Evelyn did for her.

~Kaitlin~

I think that Evelyn represents a new way of life. She is different from most women of the day because she is not loyal to her husband. She does not love him and as far as I know they do not have any children. She has her own chauffer and is very rich. I think thanks to her husband she is in search of a better life. She is hoping that he will be in jail for a long time but she also does not want him to think that she doesn’t want him. I was confused as to why she visits him every day at the jail. It must be something to go along with her big scheme to get away from him. Like she wants him to feel like she still loves him or whatever. Emma Goldman is definitely an interesting character. I am not sure why she pointed Evelyn out at the meeting but it upset Evelyn very much. When Tateh found out he gave her a dirty look and stormed off with the little girl. I think that he felt deceived and was no doubt very angry about that. It upset Evelyn very much though too because being with Tateh and the little girl give her something to look forward to every day and they make her so happy.

~Kaitlin~

 

When Houdini broke out of the jail I think that it was a sad point in his life. I mean yeah he had completed his objective but he also realized due to Harry K. Thaws behavior that he was not as respected as he thought. He got to thinking and realized that the attendees of his show were children and their parents and the majority of them were poor. He realizes that the upper class looks down upon what he does and considers it merely an unimportant trick that some random guy can do. One part that interested me was how he kept all these things that he used to break out on his body. Like he kept a piece of metal in a callus on his foot and a metal piece in his hair so that even though he was naked he could still break out and complete the challenge given to him. He wasn’t happy that he did it though. He came down to the office and was almost sullen and sad. They had a little celebration and he just sat there and was thinking about how what he did was not valued.

~Kaitlin~

 

 

We haven’t heard much about the little boy and his mother and father. After we were introduced to them initially then it seems that the book has not gone back to them. It has been focusing on Evelyn and Tateh and the little girl. Some of the book has been talking about the upcoming trial also. I thought it was interesting how it switched back to Harry Houdini because I thought the part with the little boy and the mother and the father would be the only time he was mentioned.

~Kaitlin~

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     5/9/04

 

There were two main things, which are love and money that Evelyn Nesbit wants. We know that she did not love Harry K. Thaw but still she married him, the only reason was because he had a lot of money and that’s something she wanted. Even thought Harry beat her before they got married, she knew that he would beat her again when he got angry at her so something else. Harry had a very bad temper and she had to be careful around him so that he wouldn’t beat her. Now on page twenty, in chapter four it says something about Harry being imperious, possessive, and insanely jealous. They never loved one another and the only reason that Harry proposed to Evelyn, was to save himself. Because Evelyn had a proclamation saying that indeed he did beat her. There was one thing that I really did not understand that well in why Evelyn would go visit Harry in jail everyday. Since they did not love one another then why would she want to see him and in fact she said that she didn’t want to be married to him anymore, but it was something that she didn’t want him to know about. Evelyn also said that she would testify for him, even though when she does testify for him it would prove not his innocence but the fact that he was very guilty. And at one point the book Evelyn realizes that Harry might really love her and that surprises and scars her a lot. But the reason that she was cheating on him was because he did not love her and that’s something she wanted, well needed. But between the two men she got everything that she wanted, and she got the money from Harry and then love from Stanford White. White had a lot of money too but she took Harry’s. Harry was way to jealous when he found out what she was cheating on him and he went to kill Stanford White and now he has got himself in jail. To me it doesn’t seem like he felt any guilt for what he did.

Evelyn to me seems to get bored with men very easily. Even though she was married to Harry she moves onto Stanford at the same time and then she finds herself in a mix up without a man at all. Now Stanford is dead and Harry is in jail. Then she turns to mother’s younger brother and he is madly in love with her even though he as never spoken to her before, but she falls in love with him just like every other man she was with. In the book it said that the weakness was men who were in love with her. And he waits for her hand and foot and she has it pretty good but she seems to get bored fast. Then she starts ignoring him and he is really upset by it and it then gets to the point that he just returns to his sister’s house very broken hearted. Now the only man that Evelyn did not seem to get bored with was Tateh, even though she did not love him she loved his company and most of all, his daughter. She was so caught up in being around and with them and all the time she spent with them also but it made her the happiest person that she had ever been. Even when she tried so hard to get Tateh to like her or at least accept her that she would go and make him silhouette everyday and she got silhouettes done of herself and some of her and the little girl, but she kept them all and that was her comfort when she and the little girl were not together. I think that when the night came and it was when Tateh left the meeting when he found out who Evelyn really was, was for his and his daughters own safety. That was one of the worst times that she had been though in a long time, and she was heartbroken and blamed herself and Emma. Then when Emma pointed out to Evelyn that the truth was better then lies it only made Evelyn feel worse.

I think that Tateh is a very good man and his goals, well main goals in life are to take care of his daughter and he does not care for himself in the same manner that he cares for her. When his daughter was little he would tie her to his wrist to make sure that she wouldn’t get stolen from him. She was all that he had left and since his wife had left him in order to make some money, he would say, “Please, missus, so that the little girl is not stolen for him.” He does all he can do to take care of her even though they are traveling away from the city. She is enjoying the ride and he begins to relax when he finally notices that the strangers are leaving them alone and she is enjoying herself as well. And all that he wants it to be able to supply her with plenty food and shelter and he doesn’t think that the home that they had in Lawrence is healthy or good for her at all. But then when the strike occurs they are almost separated and he was in so much pain that all he could think about was finding her, they were both lucky though they did find one another again and Tateh decided to move them out of Lawrence and they would end up in Philadelphia and are wandering the streets and cleaning themselves which are in public bathrooms. Tateh then sees that a little store that sells toys and little joke things, the little girl is very interested, so they go inside to see what it is like, and then Tateh shows the owner the little book with a girl skating and the man is impressed. He decided to hire Tateh to make those for his store and Tateh walks away from the store with twenty-five dollars and a deal that he has to make. He has to make four more books for twenty-five dollars each and then they left in a search for a boarding house and they would be able to survive much easier and in a better shape then they ever were in before. To me it was something that all the sudden happened and Tateh and his daughter were in the right spot at the right time too. I think that when Tateh makes a lot of money he and his daughter are going to be happy and happier then they have ever been before in their lives.

~*~ Ashley Arenz ~*~

 

Two of the main things that Evelyn Nesbit wants are money and love. She didn’t love Harry K. Thaw but she married him because he had a lot of money. He beat her before they were married so she knew that he would beat her again if he got angry enough. He had a bad temper and she had to be cautious around him in order to not get beaten. In chapter four on page twenty it says “He was imperious, possessive, and insanely jealous.” They never loved each other and the only reason that Harry proposed to Evelyn was to save himself because she had an affidavit saying that he beat her. One thing that confused me was why she visited him everyday at the jail. They did not love each other and in fact she said that she didn’t want to be married to him anymore, which was something he didn’t know. She said that she would testify for him but really she was working it out so that when she did testify it would prove not his innocence but the fact that he was guilty. At one point in the book Evelyn realizes that Harry might actually love her and the thought surprises and scares her. The reason that she was cheating on Harry while they were married is because he didn’t love her and she needed love. So between the two men she basically got everything that she wanted. She got the money from Harry and the love from Stanford White, Stanford had a lot of money too. Harry was so jealous when he found out that she was cheating on him that he went and killed Stanford White and now he is paying for it in jail. It doesn’t seem to me that he felt any remorse for what he did either.

Evelyn seems to get bored with men easily though. She was with Harry but she moves onto Stanford at the same time. Then she finds herself without a man at all because Stanford is dead and Harry is in jail. She turns then to mothers younger brother. He is madly in love with her even though he had never spoken to her before and she falls in love with him. It said that he weakness was men who were in love with her. He waits on her hand and foot and she has it pretty good but then she seems to get bored. She starts ignoring him and he is really upset by it. It gets to the point that he just simply returns to his sisters house broken hearted. The only man that she didn’t seem to get bored with eventually was Tateh. She did not love Tateh but she loved his company and most of all, his daughter. She was so caught up in being with them all the time and the time she spent with them made her the happiest that she had been. She tried so hard to get Tateh to like her or at least accept her that she would got and have him make her silhouette everyday. She got silhouettes done of herself and some of her and the little girl. She kept them all and they were her comfort when she and the little girl were not together anymore. I think that the night that Tateh left the meeting when he found out who Evelyn really was was one of the worst times that Evelyn had been through. She was inconsolable and blamed herself and Emma. When Emma pointed out that the truth was better than lies it only made Evelyn feel worse.

~Kaitlin~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tateh is a very good man. His main goal in life is to take care of his daughter who is fast growing up. He does not care for himself in the same manner that he cared for her. When she was very little he would tie her to his wrist to ensure that she would not be stolen from him. She was all he had left since his wife had left him in order to make money. “Please, missus, he said, so that the little girl is not stolen from him” He does all he can to take care of her even when they are traveling away from the city. She is enjoying the ride and he begins to relax when he notices that strangers are leaving them alone and that she is enjoying herself as well. All that he wants is to be able to provide her with adequate food and shelter and he doesn’t think that the home that they have in Lawrence is healthy or good for her. When the strike occurs they are almost separated and he was in so much pain but all he could think about was finding her. They were lucky though they did find each other again and Tateh decided to move them out of Lawrence. They end up in Philadelphia and are wandering the streets and cleaning themselves in the public bathrooms. Tateh sees a little store that sells toys and little joke things. The little girl is very interested so they go inside to see what it is like. Tateh shows the owner the little book of the girl skating and the man is impressed. He decides to hire Tateh to make those for his shop and Tateh walks away from the shop with $25 dollars and a deal that he has to make four more books for $25 each. They then left in search of a boarding house and they would be able to survive much easier and in better shape than they ever had before.
~Kaitlin~