- What is the significance of the title? Why do you think Fitzgerald used “winter” and not “spring” or “fall” in the title? In what ways do the seasons affect Dexter’s outlook on life?
The title is significant because it could represent many things about Dexter or things that happened in his life. He could have used winter because winter can represent the harsh and cold times in life, and Judy could have been the one warm thing in Dexter’s life. The seasons could represent how he is feeling at times, when he met Judy and when he finally got to spent time with her, then when she left him and came back to him.
- Describe Judy Jones at the age of eleven. How do you feel about her treatment of the nurse?
She seemed to be a quite girl when Dexter met her, he was captivated by her beautifully ugly characteristics at a young age. She didn’t treat the nurse poorly when they arrived at the golf course, they were both curious on what to do next and that is when Dexter helped them.
- Why do you think Dexter quit?
I think Dexter quit because he wanted to change his life and from that moment he didn’t want to be someone’s employee, he wanted to depend on himself to create a new life with success and wealth. Also he was always told he was the best caddy, and he felt he could be the best at other things instead.
- How had Dexter’s perception of Judy changed in part II?
He thought of her as a young woman now and her beauty was fully developed and she expressed it with pride. Also he was ready to talk to her because she is of age, when he was 14 she was only 11 years old. He thought of her to be an adventurous woman when they were on the boat together.
8. Compare the description of Judy’s mouth at the age of eleven with the description in Part II. What do you think the significance of her mouth is?
When she was eleven there was a strange way that her lips twisted, down at the corners when she smiled. Then once Dexter saw her once again years later and they were both of age he noticed her at the golf course he thought “This color and the mobility of her mouth gave a continual impression of flux.” He knew that she was not the same little girl he once knew when they were little but a young woman now.
- Describe the adult Judy Jones. What kind of person is she? Do you know anyone like her?
The adult Judy is very rebellious and I feel she is inconsiderate to the emotions of all the men she associates herself with especially with Dexter. I think she is living her life this way because she is young and people admirer her beauty so she thinks she can get away with anything and people will still care for her like Dexter does.
- How did Dexter justify Judy’s lying to him? How?
He was upset that she did what she did but he was glad that she actually though about his feelings making her lie to him thinking he would believe the lie causing him no pain. Which make him a little happy to know that she cared a little at least.
- Discuss the significance of the description of the Jones’s house at the end of part IV.
Her house was a representation of Judy Jones and how he was feeling at the time, the house was a slightly horrifying image in the dark with just the moonlight shining on the house, next to it was Judy, she was upset, and she sat with Dexter and let out a few tears that rested on her top lip.
- Discuss the significance of the laundries. Why do think Dexter had intended to sell them at the end of part V?
The laundries were significant to Dexter because he thought the money he earned from them would help him win the love of Judy Jones but it wasn’t like that. Once he finally realized that he could never have her he decided to give up the laundries because he no longer had a purpose for them.
- Interpret the following sentences: “The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him.”
The little experience he had with Judy could have actually been a dream; the person he cared for the most was in his dreams and once he woke from his sleep, he realized that he lost that one connection he had with her, his happiness was taken from him.
- Fitzgerald employs colons in places where other punctuation would suffice. What effect does this achieve?
The colons are used to paraphrase or expand on the first sentences to give it a more detailed sentence. Also it is used to give a list of things.
- Find an example anaphora. What effect does it achieve?
“He wanted not association with glittering things and glittering people–he wanted the glittering things themselves.” This technique adds emphasis and unity to the clauses.
- Find two examples of appositives. How are they punctuated? What effect do they achieve?
“She had insulted him, and she had ridden over him, and she had played his interest in her against his interest in his work–for fun.” “She had treated him with interest, with encouragement, with malice, with indifference, with contempt.” They have many commas and the second example uses asyndeton to emphasize the sentence. They rename the noun phrase that is right next to it.