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During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

Created: 08/22/18

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davinamw

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During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

On page 253, during the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream, the kind that was real and was your life and you could not awake from." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Libbie overcomes her panic and takes charge, saving both soldiers' lives and a horse's life. Do you admire her actions? What would you do under such extreme conditions?


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Gloria

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RE: During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

Events of history did indeed turn these characters' lives into "nightmares." I do indeed admire Libbie's actions. She rose to the occasion and was able to save herself and others. I hope I could do the same.


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Cynthia

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RE: During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she

None of the three characters had an easy life. I think somebody already said, "War is hell." Add to it the conditions of the terrain and horrendous climates of this time and these places, the unbelievable inhumanity of battle and captivity -- they all saw and experienced things they wouldn't even imagine in a nightmare had they not experienced them. While I wasn't particularly sympathetic to Libby, I admire her actions. She stepped up the the plate just as a soldier would have. I believe/hope I would have done the same thing.


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peggyt

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RE: During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

In general, Libbie never did lie down and let life run over her. She always continued to fight for herself and those around her. All the main characters had to respond as best they could to the terrible events they were drawn into. Their choices were not always perfect or high minded but that is true for everyone, me included.


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marilynj

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RE: During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

Because I live in North Dakota and have endured hundreds of those blizzards during that time, I fully understand that episode. Most of the blizzards (Okay. All of them) I have suffered inside a warm, snug house and one just recently in our pickup, but nonetheless, I know what they are. As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I know also how many people misjudge them and go out in them then expect to be rescued. It is unimaginable to me to be in those conditions and survive. I'm not so sure I could have done that; however, we all have hidden strength of which we are unaware until we need it. Those characters, all of them, lived a life that I can't imagine finding bearable.


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RE: During the Dakota blizzard, Libbie thinks that she "had entered the most terrible kind of dream..." In what ways is this true for all three main characters? Do you admire Libbie's actions? What would you have done?

The Dakota blizzard seemed like a terrible dream to Libbie. Autie saw ghosts before fighting the Sioux. "If only Libby was at his side. Only she had the power to make the ghosts go away." For Anne, the worst times in her life are a toss-up between her kidnapping and her separation from her children. I believe that Tom's demons were his alcoholism and his repressed love for Libbie.


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