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DATHSR Exam Project

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S: Our Wedding

BC: "And high above, he seemed to recall there had been a little brown airplane, almost motionless, droning through the sunshine like a bumblebee." (310) | THE END

FC: Tull Family Memories

1: "Isn't Happiness expecting something time is going to bring you? Isn't sadness wishing time back again?" (27) | Table of Contents | Pearl.........................2-3 Beck..........................4-5 Cody..........................6-7 Ezra...........................8-9 Jenny......................10-11 Slevin.......................12-13 Luke.........................14-15 Mrs. Scarlatti..........16-17 Ruth...........................18-19 Uncle Seward.............20-21 | The Archery Incident.....22-23 Beck and Pearl's Separation...24-25 The Homesick Restaurant......26-27

2: Mama Pearl | "Do you really suppose I was always this difficult old woman?..I was special, too once to someone. I could just reach out and lay a fingertip on his arm as he was talking and he would instantly fall silent and get all confused. I had hopes: I was courted: I had to most beautiful wedding." | "An admission of defeat" | "The Sweeney Meanie" | Pearl at age 19

3: My little "Duckers and Drafters" | Cody and Jenny with Pearl | "A Pearl among women" | "She wondered if her children blamed her for something, Siting close at family gatherings..." | Pearl and Beck with baby Ezra. "So sweet and clumsy it would break your heart"

4: Beck Tull | Beck holding Cody | "The invisible presence. The absent presence"

5: "Her reward for attending with the Baptists" (7). | "Well! Looks like we made it" (22). | Becks Letters to Pearl while being away on "business trips"

6: Cody and Ezra enjoying Saturday afternoon with a little music | Cody Tull | "he never allowed second chances. He had a talent for mentally withdrawing" (131). | "Indian-faced man with smooth black hair, with level, balanced features, he could manage, when he tried, to seem perfectly blank, like a plaster model. (131).

7: Cody and Ruth at Pearls house one afternoon | Cody getting toys at Christmas. Beck was there this time. | "No wonder, when he slept at night, he ground his teeth so hard that his jaws ached every morning" (133).

8: "Ezra, the gentle one" | Ezra and Cody in the bath tub before bed one night

9: Ezra Tull | Ezra and Ruth one day after working together. | Ezra hard at work at The Homesick Restaurant. After He took over Scarlatti's he was always in that restaurant.

10: Jenny Tull | "Jenny so brisk and breezy but...oh you might say somewhat opaque, a reflecting surface flashing your own self back at you, giving no hint of herself." (32)

11: "Dr. Tull is not a toy" | These childhood photos remind Jenny of Pearl slamming her against the wall to take the picture. She recalls Pearl as "a shrieking witch whose pale hair could crackle electrically from its bun" (70)

12: Slevin St. Ambrose | "Oh they had to carry Harry to the ferry, And they had to carry Harry to the shore..." (198) | Slevin's Favorite music- Janis Joplan "Me and Bobby McGee" (197)

13: Slevin working on an assignment for school. He is so intelligent for his age. | "not sociable at all, has no friends, seems moody, withdrawn. Of course it could be his age..." (194) | "the only one of them that I have to carry bodily to meals" (198)

14: Luke Tull | "By the time I'm grown, astronauts will be ordinary.People will be taking rockets like you would take a bus. They will spend their summers on Venus. They won't go to Ocean City; they'll go on beaches on the moon." (187)

15: "Luke creeping bear-style across the carpet" (184) | When Cody wasn't working and wanted to spend alittle time with son, they played ball out in the yard. Mama Ruth loved to watch them bond.

16: Mrs. Scarlatti

17: "Dear heart, how could you be so chintzy?" (129)

18: Ruth Tull | Ruth leaving Scarlatti's after working all day

19: Left: Engaged to Ezra Tull (prior to Cody) | Left: Just days after She and Cody wed | Ruth working hard in the garden on her and Cody's farm. She knew more about keeping that farm running than Cody thought he did.

20: Uncle Seward | Uncle Seward and Pearl at age 15 | "A college education was offered by Uncle Seward...No doubt he feared having to support her forever: a millstone, an orphaned spinster niece tying up his spare bedroom. (4)

21: "...But Uncle Seward just puffed on his pipe and suggested a secretarial course." (4)

22: The Archery Incident | Pearls shoulder aftermath | A little family bonding and recreation takes a turn for the worst. | Cody concentrating on the "target" | "Its simply fate, not a matter for blame at all." (185)

23: "Wait now son, You want to do things right, now." (35) | "Cody's mother, who was not the slightest bit athletic picked dried flowers beside a fence. His little sister buttoned her sweater with chapped bluish hands. His brother Ezra eleven years old chewed a straw and hummed." (35) | "Ezra, look what you did! What you went and did to that arrow!"(37) | "What had happened to that arrow?...He looked across the field and found his mother leaning on his fathers arm, hobbling in his direction with a perfect circle of blood gleaming on the shoulder of her blouse." (38)

24: The Separation and its "Tull" on the family | "One Sunday night in 1944, he said he didn't want to stay married. They were sending him to Norfolk, he said: he thought it best if he went alone." (7)

25: Pearl: "Pearl felt she was sinking in at the center, like someone given a stomach punch. Yet part of her experienced an alert form of interest, as if this were happening in a story." (7) | Cody: "He couldn't say he hadn't noticed from the start" (38) "It troubled him to realize he couldn't remember his fathers most recent time with them" (40) | Jenny: Jenny decided after being raised by such a "dangerous" mother she would never be that way towards her own children. She was very nurturing to everyone around her. | Ezra: Ezra wasn't as distraught about Becks leaving because he was closer to Pearl. Although, He grew up and decided he would be a good, honorable man by owning his restaurant and marrying

26: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant | The Tull Family at The Homesick Restaurant

27: "You think were some jolly, situation-comedy family when we're in particles, torn apart, torn all over the place, and our mother was a witch?" (304) | "...surprised and touched. He felt that they were pulling him toward them-that it wasn't they who were traveling, but Cody himself." (307)

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