Morrissey, Donna. Kit's Law. Toronto: Penguin Group Canada, 1999.
What does she mean by this quote?, I think she means that Aunt Drucie is not very observant. It could also relate to her sleeping disorder which makes her fatigue for many hours of the day.
What is a "moonshine runner"?, Moonshine in this case is, "illegally distilled whiskey."
What does she mean by "her ways"?, Later on in the book you discover that Josie suffers from a mental handicap.
Near the end of the novel the father turns out to be reverend Ropson.
Why doesn't Kit want to go the the fire?, Kit and the attendants of the fire do not have a strong relationship.
Why is Shine threatening all of the children?, Shine is depicted as one of the antagonists of the story, and does very cruel things the his neighbors on purpose.
Kit is ashamed of her mother and her tramp ways, and Josie is too ill to realize she is not acting like a mother towards her daughter.
Because Josie goes off with the men of Haire's Hollow, which is close to the gully where their home is, Kit has been given this nickname.
Kit knows that if she gets into any trouble that her teacher and the reverend will send her off to reform school,away from her family.
She thinks that her Nan will cause a big fuss over it and therefore lies to keep the peace.
How did the grandfather die? Is that why Nan is so bitter?
"Mary Magdalene was a leading figure amongst those attracted to Jesus." She was the one who washed His feet and dried them with her hair in the bible.
Kit will be put in charge of the household and be assisted by Doctor Hodgins and other hospitable neighbors.
How i one supposed to believe in God when the leaders of the church put so much anger and fear into it?
Bad blood? Does that mean they are related?, No. It is referring to the "unpleasant feelings between people"
I wonder if the father is Shine?, The father turns out to be the reverend.
What are the terms of the Christian duty?
I thought this quote was appropriate for the feelings that I had at that time of reading.
Why didn't Kit pick up her cherished glass pieces and feathers? I thought they meant a lot to her.
Yes, Sid takes the blame so that Josie doesn't go to jail.
I wonder if that is true?
I wonder if the authorities these days think the same way?
Yes, he sacrifices himself to save Kit and Josie.
He is, the reverend is hiding all of his letters.
To his new friend's house in Godfathers Cove.
Sid only said that to try and make Kit move on from him.
Yes, unfortunately they find him dead.
Josie keeps Nan's old hairnets and Kit's pieces of broken glass that were given to her.
What a crazy thing to say to your community, especially when the belief in God is supposed to be about love and forgiveness and whatnot, not things that make you fear God. It is almost like brainwashing.
Nan seems to be very critical towards the alcoholics of Haire's Hollow.
Connected Idea to Reminder
I love running on beaches. Feeling the sand between your toes is such a lovely sensation.
What a little spoiled brat! I would be thankful if someone offered me a candy any day.
That was very dishonest of Nan. That is probably why she is a champion at that game., It shouldn't be considered a victory if you cheated.
I always get cramps in my hand from writing. I think it is because I put too much pressure on the pencil as I am writing.
Just because Nan said that I feel like something bad is going to happen to her. Kit needs her in her life so badly to have some sort of reliable role model and caregiver.
Isn't it amazing that even people brought up in a rough environment can become beautiful people on their own? I find it so amazing.
Yeah, isn't that the truth. Half the time I can't be bothered doing anything other than agreeing just because it is the easiest, but it isn't the best for me.
That is so thoughtful of Old Joe to do that for Kit after everything that has happened to her. It's so nice to see kindness after such a tragedy.
I thought this was an interesting metaphor about going to far and hurting the other person by doing so. This can happen to anyone at any time, that's why you should always be careful of what you say to people.
I find my dreams always to be like that. The mind is so incredible and powerful and we don't even realize it half the time. Such a waste really.
I think Sid has a really good point here. We always worry about the worst case scenario and what will happen if it goes wrong, but really, worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.
I felt that Sid said this brilliantly. I thought the same thing about the reverend, he is a very evil man, yet he speaks and preaches in the name of God.
Once again I found myself strongly agreeing with Sid's quote. People have to learn that there is more than one way to look at the world, not just through their own lens.
You shouldn't have to follow everyone else, you should learn to be yourself, and love yourself. Only you know what you are.
It's an example of how unobservant, unappreciative, and self-absorbed were are as humans.
I'm not a believer in God per say, but I thought that was a good message to the people that just go to church and not think about it any other time
What emotion and physical trauma. I f****** hate people that do such things to other people. They are right sick in the head and should be put down, not put in jail.
I thought that was a very interesting perspective on God's law. It makes sense to me.
There he goes again, threatening with God. He controls everyone by fear of God, and it is sickening.
No! It can't be! He was so kind and supportive for Kit. He loved her for goodness sake, this isn't fair at all.
I found it very disappointing that Kit never got to be with her true love. It was very heartbreaking to read about. She deserved it after all the events that she had been through, the poor girl needed something good to happen to her for a change.
"He got the smell of a swampin' bog hole to me, " Aunt Drucie pg 2
"Guy Fawkes Night is not til November, ain't it?" Aunt Drucie pg 13
"You can wipe that look off your face, 'cuz she's your mother retarded or no," Nan pg 15
"..they'd be out to me house with their fancy white gloves on, " Nan pg 25
"..you're like the savage," Nan pg 29
"..and that red bulb of his nose had changed into a livid purple," pg 32
"I'm not one for pretty words but it was a blessed evenin' the day that you were born," Nan pg 45
"Then all hell broke loose," pg 51
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"Do you believe in God, Kit?" Doctor Hodgins pg 59
"One day Pirate was waiting outside the windowsill, he lunged and caught it in his mouth," pg 74
"..shoving my feet down beneath the spot where he was lying," pg 75
"Things that don't have reason until you attach reason to it," Sid pg 111
"..by the bushes, picking pussy willows.." pg 131
"..but I figured they'd all be too busy staring at my too-short hemline to notice a run in my stocking," pg 143
"You have webbed toes," Sid pg 149
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"Could water ever cleanse a soul dirtied by shame?" Kit pg 151
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"She's gone right off her head," Aunt Drucie pg 207
That explains Nan's bitterness towards the people of Haire's Hollow
"Everyone's a sinner Kit. Some know it, some don't. Some eat it for breakfast and pass it off as oats," Sid pg 128, This is a talking about the townspeople of Haire's Hollow.
That is why Kit is so lonely and unhappy. She never got to live her childhood out. She was always taking care of everyone.
Sid dislikes his father because he knows that he doesn't preach as well as he should.
That's why Sid confessed to the murder, to protect the girls.
Thats why Kit thought Sid wasn't writing to her in jail.
The reverend has webbed feet just like Kit does.
That's why he kept trying to send Kit away.
That's why she doesn't call Josie mother.
That's why Kit is so attached to him, he makes her feel like a woman.
Even though Kit is an excellent student she is taken advantage of because she is passive and shy.
Since her mother is mentally handicapped and violent towards her, Kit has a hard time thinking of her as family.
The death of Nan had a heavy impact on Kit, since she was basically her mother and care giver. She hasn't been the same since.
Kit has become very stubborn and tarty now that Nan isn't around, people are taking her a little more seriously now.
"We all know Josie's limitations, it's her strengths that we don't know. Kit and her mother should be given a second chance to take core of each other, providing we as a community, he from the outside.She's strong, is Kit, and more grown up then her size would have you believe," Doctor Hodgins pg 103
"You know Kittens, there's more to growing up than crossing off years. Have you ever had fun, Kit? A best friend?" Doctor Hodgins pg 165, Kit is so used to taking care of everyone that she forgets to take care of herself and have a childhood.
Kit feels like she is an inconvenience when people take time to worry about her. She was always forced to be independent.
After Shine's death Kit is forced to mature once again and take responsibility for her mother.
"Strangely enough, I was feeling the same calm inside. It was as if I had stepped into somebody else's shoes and were allowing them to walk my path with no inkling of touching, tasting or feeling. With Sid's leaving I could no longer imagine a world where such things as love, desire or joy could exist." Kit pg 294
"You've got to get past him, Kit. And if there's one sure way of doin' that, it's findin' someone else." Loret pg 319, Kit is in a depression since Sid has left and said that he's found a new girl.
"I want to live my own life,as I see fit. And I want Sid. You can help me if you wants. But I'm goin' after him." Kit pg 349
Sid is thought of as a weak boy, but he proves himself to be a strong man when he protects Kit and Josie as well as cares for them both.
Sid proves himself again as he takes the blame for Shine's murder to protect the girls., "Only Sid's was pure, as pure as the white of an angel's robe because it shone from his heart, a heart of honor, and without him even knowing the weight of his offering, or whether his mind was yet strong enough to carry such a load," Kit pg 229
"Maybe that's how it is we can keep moving through later life, because we remember what it felt like to think nothing, and then it becomes our goal-to work our way back there again, and to delight in just being. That's how I feel when I'm with you-I delight in just being." Sid pg 253
The cruelty and unkindness of the people of Haire's Hollow made Nan very harsh towards them, since she knows that they are uncaring.
The death of her husband and the violent alcoholics of Haire's Hollow made Nan very bitter and stubborn.
Even thought Josie doesn't know she is supposed to be a mother, she still tries to comfort Kit when Nan dies. There is love in her.
Though Josie was always with Shine, she still knew that he was a danger to Kit so she saved her children from him.
"No. Nor I. That's the mystery of life, Kit, we enter it, we leave it. We just got to learn to allow for it." pg 340
I can picture that perfectly.
I know exactly what that feels like.
Not the prettiest sight but I have seen something like this before.
That is a really good description, I can see it in my mind.
Great description and reference.
I wish I couldn't picture that.
I've seen this before.
What a great description.
I was picturing it as I was reading.
I've seen this before.