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"The path of life is darkest when we choose to walk it alone." Do you agree with this? Discuss the moments in the novel when Eva decides to go it alone and compare them to the moments when she trusts others.

Created: 05/21/21

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davinamw

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"The path of life is darkest when we choose to walk it alone." Do you agree with this? Discuss the moments in the novel when Eva decides to go it alone and compare them to the moments when she trusts others.

On page 204, Père Clément says, "The path of life is darkest when we choose to walk it alone." Do you agree that this statement is true in all situations? Discuss the moments in the novel when Eva decides to go it alone and compare them to the moments when she trusts others with her secrets, her wants, and her fears. Do you think the moments she decided to work alone would have been easier if she had a partner, or do you think that would have only increased her stress? What about the moments she opened up to others—would she have been better off keeping to herself?


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marganna

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RE: "The path of life is darkest ...

I basically agree with priest. However not always...not in every situation.
Trusting someone with life & death decisions was tricky. I need to review Eva’s decisions since I don’t readily recall specific decisions/ some put her life in danger, I’m certain, & others helped her stay alive & sane.
I question her decision about keeping her past from her son but once again the author wrote it this way.


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kimk

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RE: "The path of life is darkest ...

I don't agree with the statement. Sometimes being self-reliant is the only way to live through a dangerous time. While having a partner can ease the burden, it may also increase risk and make one more vulnerable.


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Gabi

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RE: "The path of life is darkest ...

Totally agree with Kimk. And while walking the path alone may be lonely, sometimes you have to be the first one to walk that path so others can follow.


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