Monday, March 10, 2014

Passages ch 29-35

Ch. 31 page 188
"How people used to talk and talk back then! Everybody was going "blah-blah-blah," all day long. Some of them would even do it in there sleep. My father used to blather in his sleep a lot especially after mother walked pout on us. I would be sleeping on the couch and it would be the middle of the night...-and i would hear thim going "blah-blah-blah," in the bedroom" 


Ch. 32 page 197
"It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven we are all going direct the other way". _ Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 

1. things to think about~
What do you think about this passage, why might it be in the book and what does this mean?


  1. I think the Dickens quote was in the book to illustrate the situation the narrator thinks we are in now where we are extremely advanced and capable in some respects, but are destroying ourselves in others. While our modern world is magnificent in some ways, we are our own worst enemy.

  2. I think Kayla summed this up well. The Dickens quote is significant because it clearly presents the idea that for the Western world, it often seems like the best of times, while third-world countries struggle with horrible issues at the expense of the first-world's luxury.

  3. The talking thing is interesting, but the Dickens quote, obviously, has a lot more meaning behind it. It's interesting, what Kayla said, about this illustrating how the narrator feels about us at this point in Earth's life.

  4. I'm also in agreement with Kayla in her assessment of this Dickens sentiment. In its broader terms, it ties in well with some of the story's overlying themes. Within the context of this chapter, however, the quote also serves to illustrate the situation in which the cruise passengers are presently found, in contrast to that that the frenzied rabble outside of the bus inhabits.