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How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

Created: 01/18/17

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davinamw

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How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines (page 99), and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus (page 134, taking her cue from George Wallace's "Segregation Now" gubernatorial inauguration speech)?


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elizabethk

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I thought it was very clever.


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laurap

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I thought both were quite effective attempts to create and define identity.


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melanieb

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I felt how relevant this act was to the current sociopolitical climate in the United States. There is a sense of going back in time to an earlier era where these were familiar responses to change.


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joanp

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I can understand how distressing the loss of the named community was. I live in a place where the Post Office closed and we became part of surrounding communities. It's a case of identity theft. The past is gone.


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louisee

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I like that the narrator brought back the boundary lines for Dickens, realistic. I agree with elizabethk that it was clever. However Marpessa's ejecting of strangers from her bus and getting away with it was surprising and unrealistic.


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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I cheered!


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Peggy H

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RE: How did you react when the narrator created Dickens's boundary lines, and Marpessa ejected strangers from the bus?

I liked the boundary lines, but they could also have put a physical,line on the areas where Blacks were not allowed to live. It also brings back that time. As to being thrown off the bus, this too brings back a picture of the last.


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