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Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fring'd legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!

Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearied,
For ever piping songs for ever new;
More happy love! more happy, happy love!
For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd,
For ever panting, and for ever young;
All breathing human passion far above,
That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd,
A burning forehead, and a parching tongue.

Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
To what green altar, O mysterious priest,
Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
What little town by river or sea shore,
Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel,
Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn?
And, little town, thy streets for evermore
Will silent be; and not a soul to tell
Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
Characters:
The Narrator - Quiet and even-tempered man who does not have a great relationship with his father. Left family to live in California
Kikuko - The narrator's sister. A kind girl who loves her brother but has a strained relationship with father. She is a good girl at home and helps out her father but is slightly rebellious and thinks about leaving to California with her boyfriend.
The Father - Father of Kikuko and narrator. A cold, harsh man who does not have a good relationship with his children. Very traditional. He is disappointed in his son but partly blames himself for not being more attentive when they were growing up.
Brief Summary:
The short story begins with Ishiguro saying how his mother died from eating a fish, Fugu, that is poisonous when not prepared properly. He has been living in California after leaving his family. He talks with his father and sister and it is clear he has a strained relationship with his father. When outside with his sister he claims he has seen a ghost. When they go inside he sees her again in a picture and discovers that the "ghost" is his mother. The father makes it clear that he wants his son to stay with him. It ends with the father expressing uncertainty and a little hope about the future.
Themes:
Family - The story is all about the relationship of this family. It shows the good and bad. The narrator and his sister are very close and love each other, but both have a very difficult relationship with their father.
Food - Food is very important in Japanese culture. The narrator's mother died eating a fish because she didn't want to offend the hostess. Food is central to social life and culture in general. Food is one of the only things the family is comfortable talking about.
Uncertainty - Both the narrator and Kikuko are uncertain about what they want to do in the future. The father also has questions about what will happen to the family. Also, there is uncertainty every time someone eats the Fugu fish, since one cannot know if it was properly prepared until it is eaten.
Connections: This story is similar to "Good Girls Are Bad News" in that both the narrator and Kikuko are rebellious and do not do what is expected and desired of them, just like Bineeta. Both of them make decisions that are not supported by family but do not regret their choices.
Important Quotations:
- "I had forgotten how large the house was. A panel would slide open and another room would appear. But the rooms were all startlingly empty."
- "Kikuko is due to complete her studies next spring...Perhaps she will want to come home then. She's a good girl."
- "She always used to say that to me how it was their fault, hers and Father's for not bringing you up correctly."
Characters:
Mum: Strong Independent woman who does not care what anyone else thinks of her and does not get embarrassed even when her children do.
The Narrator: The narrator is one of mums many children she is seemed to be superficial and is very embarrassed of the good deeds that her mother does. She tends to blow things out of proportion when it comes to the embarrassment of her mother.
Dad: Is a lucky man who wins the lottery and yet he does not have many talking lines in the story he is always in the room and he influences the plot by winning the lottery to change the situation of the story.
Brief Summary:
It Used to Be Green Once is a short story about a Maori Family. In the story you get the idea that the family is not very wealthy and are very economically conscious. The mother drives a car in which the brakes do not work so they can never stop. The mother is a friendly woman who helps the community by offering to get groceries for people because she is one of the few people with cars in their town. The children explain the mother as an embarrassment because she hollers and makes a fool out of self when really in the eyes of the community she is just doing a nice thing. The children are embarrassed of there mother but then in the middle of the story the father wins the lottery and buys a new car. Suddenly, the girls become less embarrassed of their mother which makes it known that they were embarrassed of there financial issues and now that they have a nicer car that makes them better.
Themes:
Family: The story shows the importance of Family to the Narrator and makes it seem not that important to her. In the story the narrator makes money seem more important then Family because she was embarrassed of her family when they didn't have enough money.
Superficiality: The importance of money is greater than family, and portrayed in this story the narrator thinks you are better with the more money you have which is shown as not true in the end because of the negative connotation that goes with the girl.
Important Quotes
"Our mother always did things to shame us"
"But that was before our mother started shaming us by driving the car to the shop."
"and somehow all of us kids changed. We started acting like we were somebody instead of ordinary like before."
Characters:
Bineeta: Was known as the good girl who would be the perfect daughter, she then switched sides and became a rebel against her parents and did things that her parents would never approve of. She changed as a person at the beginning of the story
Mother: A strict Indian mother that scolds her daughter when she does something bad but also has faith or wants to have faith in her daughter that she will do the right thing
Father: A strict Indian father that does not mess around with not being a good girl and is very upset when his daughter is no longer that "good girl"
Brief Summary:
Good Girls Are Bad News is a short story of an Indian family that are very religious. The story starts out by Bineeta smoking a cigarette at a holy place. Her parents found out that Bineeta was smoking this cigarette and were very upset with her but she had promised not to do it again. Bineeta went against her parents and did it again and the whole community found out that Bineeta who used to be a good girl who was very smart and very loyal to her parents was now going against what her parents said. Bineeta would not apologize and her parents thought of sending her away to an Ashram because of her ways. Bineeta ends up marrying a man that she was not supposed to.
Themes:
Family: This short story has a theme of family that Bineeta does not have great respect for her family.
Rebelion: Bineeta rebels against her parents and does what she wants and not what they want.
Connections:
This story connects to A family Supper because both of the children rebel against their families and stick up for what they want and not necessarily what their family wants.
Important Quotes
"Docile girls could be abysmally boring but they were not trouble." "it was no fun being a good girl and too much hard work with clothes, make-up, keeping slim, and smiling at boring parties to be a good-time girl."
1. Brief Summary: The play is set in South Africa, in 1950. The plot centers around a young man named Hally, and two older men who work in his mother's café, who are named Sam and Willie. Hally's father is in the hospital, and his mother has gone to see him. As the play goes along, Hally butts heads with Sam, who he was very close to during his childhood, about the way in which he thinks of and talks about his father. Hally's father is a drinker, and Hally is distressed to learn that his father might be coming home. At the end of the play, Hally becomes very angry with Sam, and demands that he start calling him "Master Harold". The play ends with Hally leaving the cafe, and Sam and Willie are left alone in the café, just as they were at the start of the play.

2. Important Quotes:
- Sam: "You don't have to sit up there [on the bench] by yourself. You know what that bench means now, and you can leave it any time you choose. All you've got to do is stand up and walk away from it." (pg. 60)
- Hally: "They're called social reformers. Every age, Sam, has got its social reformer. My history book is full of them.
Sam: So where's ours?" (pg. 16)
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3. Themes:
-Family relationships
-friendship

4. Connections to other texts this semester:
-In Jane Eyre, there is an extensive focus on family. This book also focuses on family.

5. Characters:
Hally
- A seventeen-year old white boy
- Teaches Sam and Willie what he learns from school
- Is ashamed by his drunken father, but never show it in front of his father
- Gradually understands the apartheid in Africa society
- Has friendship with Sam and Willie
- Being mean to Sam and Willie at the end of the play

Sam
- A black man in his mid-forties
- A waiter at the Tearoom which owned by Hally's parents
- Worked for this family through Hally's childhood and served as a father figure to Hally
- Built a kite for Hally and wanted Hally to "look up, be proud of something"
- Not only friend but also teacher to Hally
- Tolerant, studious, enjoy dancing and art

Willie
- A black waiter at the Tearoom with Sam
- Call Hally "Master Harold"
- Preparing for the upcoming ballroom dancing
- Observe for the most time, rarely comment
- Stops Sam from hitting Hally

Hally's Father
- The owner of the Tearoom
- Likes to drink
- Is now in the hospital with part of his leg amputated
- He is racist, doesn't want Hally spend too much time with Sam and Willie
- Steals money from Hally's mother business.

Hally's Mother
- The owner of the Tearoom
- A racist, doesn't want Hally to spend too much time with Sam and Willie
- Going to bring Hally's father back home

6. Theme: apartheid, white dominance over blacks

7. 2 Important quotations:
- He's a white man and that's good enough for you. (From Hally)
- The way we want life to be... a world without collisions (From Sam)