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Secret Keepers (Chapter 5)
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As Reuben heads to the subway along some of the "less-traveled sidewalks south of Brighton Street," why does he decide to enter a shop with a sign that reads "Clocks and Watches-Sales and Repairs?'
Reuben goes in because he thinks the word 'Repairs' indicates that a watch expert will be inside.
As the elderly woman inside looks at Reuben's watch, he expects to see a sign that she admires the watch. What does he see instead?
The woman has a look of "mild alarm."
With whom does the woman tell Reuben she has to meet?
She tells him she must meet with "the four men."
Does the woman presume that Reuben knows about the four men?
Yes, she does.
Where does the woman ask Reuben to wait while the four men are in her shop?
In her back rooms.
What dos Mrs. Genevieve say to one of the four men who wants to use her bathroom?
She tells the man, "It is out of order."
Is Mrs. Genevieve successful in persuading the man not to go into her bathroom?
No, he goes in.
What does Reuben do when he sees no good place to hide?
Reuben hurries into the bathroom, jerks the flush chain loose in the toilet, and then hides behind the shower curtain.
Is Mrs. Genevieve pleased that Reuben has kept them both safe by hiding?
Yes, she is!
How do you suppose Reuben feels about Mrs. Genevieve after the four men have left?
Reuben probably feels he can trust Mrs. Genevieve because she tried to hide him and his treasure from the four men.
Can Mrs. Genevieve identify the metal of which the watch is made?
No, she cannot.
What does Mrs. Genevieve tell Reuben regarding an apparently missing minute hand?
She tells him that the watch "never had a minute hand." At the time the watch was made, watches only told the hour. The technology at the time was not good enough to create a watch that also took track of minutes.
When was the watch most likely made?
About 500 years ago.
Why does Mrs. Genevieve feel that the maker of the watch was a "genius?"
The watch obviously has moving parts inside but there are no seams to reveal how the watch was constructed.
When Mrs. Genevieve and Reuben look closely at the key and see that its "star-shaped end [is] actually hollow" and its "interior work[s] with irregular grooves," what tool does Reuben compare the key to?
Reuben notes that the key probably works like a "socket wrench."
After Reuben winds the watch and withdraws the key, what pleasing sound do he and Mrs. Genevieve hear?
They hear the watch tick.
What does Reuben learn from Mrs. Genevieve when he asks her about the worth of the watch?
Reuben learns that a person who is very scary has been searching for the watch; the person is "the one known as 'The Smoke'."
In your opinion, why is "The Smoke" a good name for the person Reuben and many others fear?
Answers will vary. Some possible answers are: Smoke is somewhat ghostly and The Smoke is also; no one know who he is. Smoke is not healthy for people and The Smoke is quite dangerous. Smoke is usually dark in color, darkness often symbolizes evil, and The Smoke is an evil person.
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