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The Wife of Martin Guerre Short answer questions Rohan Liston CHAPTER ONE Artigues 1Much of the first page is taken up with descriptions of the country What does it communicate Descriptions of the land and country in which the characters live sets the scene and the time period of the story On the first page we are given images of isolation due to the heavy winter that buried the land under whiteness This gives us a view into the feudalist lifestyles of the peasants in the mountains and the leisure they enjoyed despite their hard work 2Why is the marriage of Bertrande de Rols and Martin Guerre the first scene in this novel The marriage of Bertrande de Rols and Martin Guerre is the main focus of the entire story which is the reason why the book begins in such a way The story later goes back and explains the relationship between the two families and how their arranged marriage came about but the initial focus is on the marriage itself in its infancy 3What does the reader learn of the families involved in the wedding in the first pages The reader learns that the families Guerre and de Rols are both rich and prosperous peasant families living in the village of Artigues The families had been rivals for generations ever since there was a misunderstanding between the great-grandfathers of the young couple However the birth and betrothal of Martin and Bertrande who were born a very short time apart marked the end of the families quarrels 4Why is Martin so accepting when he is punished by his father Martin knows his place in the family One day he will grow up to take his fathers position at the head of the table as the cap dhostal He understands that if he has no obedience for his father his son will have none for him He must learn to obey
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