MONTANA 1948 – PART ONE COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS. A young Sioux woman lying on the bed “feverish and delirious” coughing so hard David is afraid she will die His mother in the kitchen on a hot and windy day, trying desperately to load a shotgun, but fumbling. She is intending to fire the gun.
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A young Sioux woman lying on the bed “feverish and delirious” coughing so hard David is afraid she will die
His mother in the kitchen on a hot and windy day, trying desperately to load a shotgun, but fumbling. She is intending to fire the gun.
His father, kneeling on the kitchen floor, begging and pleading for his mother to help him
At the end of section 2, Marie falls ill. What are your thoughts on Maries reaction to Gail’s proposal to call upon her brother-in-law, Doctor Frank Hayden?
David now understands that the disclosures about Uncle Frank have inevitably damaged both his mother’s and his own regard for his father. This marks a significant change in David’s awareness of adult relationships.
It is here that David suddenly understands that it is the misplaced loyalty Wes has towards his father which stands in the way of justice. It is this moral dilemma which becomes the central focus of the novel. Wes knows his brother is guilty of raping defenseless girls yet his allegiance to the power of his father is set against his allegiance to upholding the law.
David waits breathlessly to hear his father say that he doesn’t believe that Frank has sexually abused Indian women, yet his silence condemns him and David can no longer ignore the truth that Frank knows his brother better than anyone, and he knows he is guilty.