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Losing her faith in God's goodness
Failing to react quickly in an emergency
Not taking proper precautions against fire hazards
Valuing material possessions too much
The people who escaped the fire
The new home that neighbors are building for her
Her memories of happy occasions in the house
The items she has rescued from the flames
She is being punished for the sin of vanity
Material objects are ultimately God's and not her
She secretly wants all her possessions to vanish
God will be appeased if she says a prayer to Him
Whatever is destroyed can soon be rebuilt
God has prepared an eternal dwelling place for all believers
She is bitter about those people who still have homes
One should dwell upon the good things in life
Repeatedly refers to God and His will
Emphasizes that real value cannot be found in earthly things
Writes movingly of the things she lost
Clearly explains how a person feels after a disaster
A clap of lightning
The drums of English soldiers
The burning of her home
A raging river
A kindly Puritan
The man who built Bradstreet's house
Those who set the fire
"My hope and treaseure lies above."
"And them behold no more shall I."
"Thou has an house on high erect..."
"No candle e'er shall shine in thee..."
"In silent night when rest I took..."
"For sorrow near I did not look..."
"I wakened was with thund'ring noise..."
"And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice."
Uses specific terminology commonly employed in farming
Emphasizes uncomplicated sentences and uses words from common speech.
Was originially employed in the flat, treeless regions of the Great Plains
Employs a profound spiritual or religious tone
The things she has lost
Friends and family