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Is it reasonable to offer a guess? If you think a reader can plausibly guess why they moved, what, in your view, is the reason for the move? 3. Does the story give at least a tiny glimpse of some aspect of life? Please explain. Jesus here recounts a parable, a short story from which a lesson is to be drawn. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

Their neighbor’s dog barks. It barks and barks. She could poison the dog. ” TOPICS FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING 1. What elements of “performance”—perhaps we can say Davis’s “craftsmanship”—do you see in this tiny narrative? qxd 5/16/08 11:58 AM Page 11 Parable of the Prodigal Son 11 2. We are not told why these people have moved from the city to the country. Is it reasonable to offer a guess? If you think a reader can plausibly guess why they moved, what, in your view, is the reason for the move?

What sort of people? In our neighborhood? Whose fault? When we read a book of fiction, however, we do not expect to encounter literal truths;we read novels and short stories not for facts but for pleasure and for some insight or for a sense of what an aspect of life means to the writer. Consider the following short story by Grace Paley. While raising two children she wrote poetry and then, in the 1950s, turned to writing fiction. Paley’s chief subject is the life of little people struggling in the Big City.

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