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In Anne Tylers With All Flags Flying Mr Carpenter is a very frugal man whose actions often revolve around his family Growing up Mr Carpenter did not have much and he took his past into consideration when raising his own family His time on earth went in a full circle During his childhood he had almost nothing when he started his own family Mr Carpenter supplied them with everything they needed and more However as he grows old he lives with only lifes necessities In the beginning of the story Tyler supplies us with a vivid image of the aging mans home All it held was a few sticks of furniture a change of clothes a skillet and a set of dishes The author continues to explain the many trinkets he stores in his dusty home He does not find it necessary to spend money on things that he may want but rather on what he needs to survive he is a very practical man After leaving his empty house behind Mr Carpenter travels to his daughters house where she offers him a big breakfast and warm cookies Instead he eats a hunk of crumbling bread two squished Fig Newtons and a creamy glass of milk By denying the meal offered to him he is saving Clara from slaving away on breakfast thus saving her food and money Throughout With All Flags Flying discussions of Mr Carpenter going to a retirement home take place When he makes the final decision of attending his family is crushed but he stands his ground By living at an old folks home Mr Carpenter feels that he will not burden his family Taking care of elderly people often takes a lot of work and money and even though the retirement home may be expensive Mr Carpenter keeps in mind that other people will take care of him His family members want him to know that they love him and
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