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Barbara, you will marry, but...


Asking questions can help us to clarify what we are reading and learning.                           

When Barbara had her fortune told, she wanted to ask questions and understand her future. Here is what the fortune teller told Barbara.            


The sea is high again today, with a thrilling flush of wind. In the midst of winter, I can feel the interventions of spring. A sky of hot nude pearl until midday, crickets in sheltered places, and now the wind unpacking the great deserts, ransacking the great deserts.

You have escaped to California with a few belongings and a child--your daughter. I do not know why I use the word "escape." Only a sick person would choose California to rebuild. Well, then, you have come to heal yourself, if you want me to put it that way.

At night, when the wind roars and your daughter sleeps quietly in her wooden crib, you light a lamp and walk about, thinking of your former husband and your son. You return, link by link, to the city which you inhabited so briefly together, your beloved New York.

adapted from Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandrian Quartet, Justine


What questions do you have for the fortune teller? What do you know about what she told Barbara? What can you guess happened or might happen?