Demanding role of christian missionaries
Difficulty of resolving conflicts between cultures.
Pueblo Indians' refusal to accept christian traditions.
Power of death to bring together different cultures.
The candles and medicine bags of the old men.
The brass lamp that hangs in Father Paul's living room.
The missionary magazine that Father Paul reads.
The pickup truck that Leon and Ken drive out to the sheep camp.
Her concern for Teofilo
Her desire to make the priest feel useful
Her anger about how Teofilo died
Her guilt about the lack of christian ceremonies
Leon tells Father Paul the last Rites weren't necessary
Leon dresses Teofilo in a new flannel shirt and new jeans
Father Paul welcomes Leon into his house
Father Paul and Leon walk to the graveyard
He is afraid he will not be welcome
He has not performed the Last Rites.
He was angry he wasn't told about Teofilo's death
He does not hold funeral masses for Pueblo
Both sides are eager to meet each other half way.
There is much warmth and understanding between Father Paul and the Pueblos
It is a relationship marked by tension and hostility
The relationship is rarely close and often difficult.
The people stood close to each other with little clouds of steam puffing from their faces
The priest stared down at his cuffed brown loafers and the worn hem of his cassock.
His fingers were stiff, and it took him a long time to twist the lid off the holy water.
Leon stared at the new moccasins that Teofilo had made for the ceremonial dances in the summer.
Both have special ceremonies for the dead.
Both have rejected the past.
Each respects the beliefs of each other.
Both are concerned about the weather.
Leon has come to accept the importance of Christianity
Father Paul thinks Leon had played a trick on him
Neither Leon nor Father Paul appreciates the others point of view
The ceremony has narrowed the gap of understanding between the two men.
How long the friends been dead.
What is in the box
What is in the stranger's bag
How the narrator lost his health
Create a cheerless mood.
Describe how the narrator's friend died.
Provide more opportunity for exaggeration.
Explain why the train ride was slow
Presently I began to detect a most evil and searching odor stealing about on the frozen air.
The expressman made a brisk remark or two about the tempest and the Arctic weather, slammed his sliding doors to...and then went bustling around...all the time contentedly humming...
Thompson sat down and buried his face in his red silk handkerchief,and began to slowly sway and rock his body like one who is doing his best to endure the almost unendurable.
We puffed gingerly along for a while,and tried hard to imagine that things were improved.
Pleasure and Affection.
Sympathy and Surprise.
Disgust and Ridicule.
Amazement and Concern.
The inevitability and power of death
The effect of mistaking appearance for reality
Th fatal danger of overexposure to cold
The burden of fulfilling someone's last wishes