“”Well, I probably can’t play anymore,” I said. “It’s been years.””You pick up fast,” said my mother, as if she knew this was certain. “You have natural talent. You could been genius if you want to.””No, I couldn’t.
“”You just not trying,” said my mother. And she was neither angry nor sad. She said it as if to announce a fact that could never be disproved. “Take it,” she said.But I didn’t at first. It was enough that she had offered it to me. And after that, every time I saw it in my parents’ living room, standing in front of the bay window, it made me feel proud, as if it were a shiny trophy I had won back. Based on the narration and dialogue, which statement describes the narrator best?
Which word describes the tone of the speaker?
Based on these lines spoken by Creon, what does he value?
Judith Pordon, 30 Sept. 2010. Web. 18 May 2011. Which convention of love poetry does this poem illustrate?
With their radio telescopes they can capture wisps of radiation so preposterously faint that the total amount of energy collected from outside the solar system by all of them together since collecting began (in 1951) is “less than the energy of a single snowflake striking the ground,” in the words of Carl Sagan.Source: Bryson, Bill. “Welcome to the Solar System.” A Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Broadway, 2003. 19. Print.
What is the author’s main purpose in this excerpt?
Now this king was very fond of money; and when he heard the miller’s boast his greediness was raised, and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw, and gave her a spinning-wheel, and said, “All this must be spun into gold before morning, as you love your life.” It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father, for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked, and she was left alone.
She sat down in one corner of the room, and began to bewail her hard fate; when on a sudden the door opened, and a droll-looking little man hobbled in, and said, “Good morrow to you, my good lass; what are you weeping for?” “Alas!” said she, “I must spin this straw into gold, and I know not how.” “What will you give me,” said the hobgoblin, “to do it for you?” “My necklace,” replied the maiden. He took her at her word, and sat himself down to the wheel, and whistled and sang: “Round about, round about, Lo and behold! Reel away, reel away, Straw into gold!”And round about the wheel went merrily; the work was quickly done, and the straw was all spun into gold.When the king came and saw this, he was greatly astonished and pleased; but his heart grew still more greedy of gain, and he shut up the poor miller’s daughter again with a fresh task. Then she knew not what to do, and sat down once more to weep; but the dwarf soon opened the door, and said, “What will you give me to do your task?” “The ring on my finger,” said she.
So her little friend took the ring, and began to work at the wheel again, and whistled and sang: “Round about, round about, Lo and behold! Reel away, reel away, Straw into gold!”till, long before morning, all was done again.Source: Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. “Rumplestiltskin.” Project Gutenberg, 12 Dec. 2008. Web. 07 Mar.
2011. Which situational archetype is represented in this story?