(a) How is the character of Frank Bennett established? Is he a sympathetic
character? Why or why not?
(b) Compare and contrast the relationship Frank has with his father with the
relationship he has with his mother. What is the same about these relationships?
What is different? Is there anything unexpected or surprising in this
(c) Compare and contrast the way people in town view Frank with the way the old
man in the bar views Frank. What is the same about these views? What is
different? Which of these two views do you think is most accurate?
(d) Do you think Frank is a good husband to Ruth? Why do you think Ruth
married Frank in the first place?