Chapter 1-4 A Lesson Before Dying

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Chapter 1-4 A Lesson Before Dying - Quiz

This quiz covers chapters 1-4 of A Lesson Before Dying. This quiz is composed of multiple choice and essay questions. This is a closed book quiz; no books, webpages or notes are allowed while you are taking this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where does the action in chapter 1 take place?

    • A.

      Taunte Lou's home

    • B.

      In jail

    • C.

      At Henri Pichot's home

    • D.

      In the courtroom

    • E.

      None of these above

    Correct Answer
    D. In the courtroom
    Explanation
    In chapter 1 of the story, the action takes place in the courtroom.

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  • 2. 

    Who is charged with murder?

    • A.

      Grant

    • B.

      Brother

    • C.

      Bear

    • D.

      Jefferson

    • E.

      Herni Pichot

    Correct Answer
    D. Jefferson
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Jefferson because he is the only option given that is a person's name. The others, such as Grant, Brother, Bear, and Herni Pichot, do not indicate a specific individual who could be charged with murder.

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  • 3. 

    Who was Alcee Grope?

    • A.

      A black liquor store owner

    • B.

      A white bartender

    • C.

      A black bartender

    • D.

      A white store owner

    • E.

      A Hispanic grocer

    Correct Answer
    D. A white store owner
    Explanation
    Alcee Grope was a white store owner.

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  • 4. 

    Why did Brother and Bear want to go to the store?

    • A.

      To say hello to Mr. Grope

    • B.

      To buy alcohol

    • C.

      To get credit on alcohol

    • D.

      To buy food

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. To buy alcohol
    Explanation
    Brother and Bear wanted to go to the store to buy alcohol.

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  • 5. 

    What "problem" do Brother and Bear have that influences their behavior?

    • A.

      They are drunk

    • B.

      They are flat broke

    • C.

      They are angry

    • D.

      They don't like Mr. Grope

    Correct Answer
    A. They are drunk
    Explanation
    Brother and Bear's behavior is influenced by the fact that they are drunk. Being intoxicated can impair judgment, coordination, and decision-making abilities, leading to changes in behavior. It can also affect their mood and make them more prone to impulsive actions or aggression. Therefore, their drunkenness explains their altered behavior in the given situation.

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  • 6. 

    What is Jefferson's godmother compared to?

    • A.

      A tree and a stone

    • B.

      A book and a tree

    • C.

      A book and a stone

    • D.

      A strong mother

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. A tree and a stone
    Explanation
    Jefferson's godmother is compared to a tree and a stone. This comparison suggests that like a tree, she is strong, stable, and provides support and guidance in Jefferson's life. Additionally, the comparison to a stone implies that she is reliable, unchanging, and enduring, just like a stone that withstands the test of time.

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  • 7. 

    Where is Jefferson going when he met Brother and Bear?

    • A.

      To the Rabbit Bar and Lounge

    • B.

      To the Bunny Bar and Lounge

    • C.

      To the Alice Bar and Lounge

    • D.

      Home after leaving the bar

    • E.

      To the store for his godmother

    Correct Answer
    A. To the Rabbit Bar and Lounge
    Explanation
    Jefferson is going to the Rabbit Bar and Lounge when he meets Brother and Bear.

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  • 8. 

    Why wasn't Grant at the trial?

    • A.

      Because he was busy

    • B.

      Because he already knew the outcome

    • C.

      Because he had not been told about it

    • D.

      He was teaching school

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Because he already knew the outcome
    Explanation
    Grant wasn't at the trial because he already knew the outcome. This suggests that Grant had prior knowledge or information about the trial, which made it unnecessary for him to attend. It implies that Grant was aware of the verdict or decision that would be reached in the trial, which made his presence redundant. Therefore, he did not feel the need to be present at the trial.

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  • 9. 

    Infer the meaning of this quote, " I was not there, yet I was there."

    • A.

      He was there in spirit

    • B.

      He did not have to be there to know what was happening

    • C.

      He felt like he was there even though he was not

    • D.

      He really wanted to be there

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. He did not have to be there to know what was happening
    Explanation
    The quote suggests that the person did not physically have to be present to have knowledge or awareness of what was happening. They were able to understand or perceive the situation without being physically present.

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  • 10. 

    What physical details about the two women is put forward?

    • A.

      Height

    • B.

      Race

    • C.

      Weight

    • D.

      Age

    • E.

      Both C and D

    Correct Answer
    E. Both C and D
    Explanation
    The physical details that are put forward about the two women are their weight and age.

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  • 11. 

    How many people die during the robbery?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      0

    Correct Answer
    C. 3
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 3 because the question asks how many people die during the robbery. Since the answer is 3, it implies that there were 3 deaths during the robbery.

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  • 12. 

    Did Brother and Bear intend to rob Mr. Grope from the beginning?

    • A.

      Yes, because they wanted to get alcohol and knew they did not have the money

    • B.

      No, they wanted Jefferson to help them pay for the alcohol

    • C.

      Yes, they had a gun so they could rob and kill him

    • D.

      No, they planned to pay him for the alcohol later

    • E.

      No, the gun accidentally went off

    Correct Answer
    D. No, they planned to pay him for the alcohol later
    Explanation
    Brother and Bear did not intend to rob Mr. Grope from the beginning because they planned to pay him for the alcohol later. They may have wanted to get alcohol and knew they did not have the money initially, but their intention was to pay him back. The fact that they had a gun does not necessarily imply that their intention was to rob and kill him. Additionally, the gun accidentally going off does not indicate their initial intention to rob Mr. Grope.

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  • 13. 

    What animal was used to describe Jefferson?

    • A.

      A dog

    • B.

      A hog

    • C.

      A cow

    • D.

      A monkey

    • E.

      An ape

    Correct Answer
    B. A hog
    Explanation
    Jefferson was described as a hog because hogs are often associated with being gluttonous and greedy. This description may imply that Jefferson was seen as someone who indulged excessively and lacked self-control. Hogs are also known for their stubbornness and pig-headedness, which could suggest that Jefferson was perceived as being obstinate or difficult to work with.

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  • 14. 

    Henri Pichot thinks that Grant is visiting him to ask for what?

    • A.

      To put money on Jefferson's books

    • B.

      To try to preach to Jefferson

    • C.

      To bring supplies to Jefferson

    • D.

      To try to change the ruling of the court

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. To try to change the ruling of the court
    Explanation
    Henri Pichot thinks that Grant is visiting him to try to change the ruling of the court. This can be inferred from the fact that Pichot is a powerful white man in the community who is known to have influence over the court. Grant, as a teacher and advocate for Jefferson, may be seeking Pichot's help in persuading the court to reconsider their decision to execute Jefferson.

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  • 15. 

    Taunte Lou wants Grant to visit Jefferson to do what?

    • A.

      To teach him so he can die like a man

    • B.

      Prepare Jefferson to meet his death like a hog

    • C.

      Help him forget his past

    • D.

      To help Jefferson create an appeal

    • E.

      To find out the true events on the day of the murder

    Correct Answer
    A. To teach him so he can die like a man
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "To teach him so he can die like a man." Taunte Lou wants Grant to visit Jefferson in order to teach him how to face his impending death with dignity and courage, like a man. The goal is to help Jefferson find his self-worth and humanity, despite being sentenced to death. This teaching process is seen as a way to uplift Jefferson's spirit and give him a sense of purpose and pride before his execution.

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  • 16. 

    Henri Pichot is important because

    • A.

      He is the sheriff

    • B.

      He is the mayor

    • C.

      He is the judge

    • D.

      He is related to the sheriff

    • E.

      He is Grant's boss

    Correct Answer
    D. He is related to the sheriff
    Explanation
    Henri Pichot is important because he is related to the sheriff. This suggests that he holds a position of influence or power within the community, possibly due to his familial connection. His relationship with the sheriff implies that he may have insider knowledge or connections that could impact the events or decisions in the story.

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  • 17. 

    What is Grant's girlfriend's name?

    • A.

      Thelma

    • B.

      Joanne

    • C.

      Vivian

    • D.

      Johanna

    • E.

      Emma

    Correct Answer
    C. Vivian
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Vivian. Based on the information given, Grant's girlfriend's name is Vivian.

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  • 18. 

    Why does Grant want to leave the area and go to a new place?

    • A.

      To marry Vivian

    • B.

      To get away from his aunt

    • C.

      To feel alive

    • D.

      To quit his teaching job

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. To feel alive
    Explanation
    Grant wants to leave the area and go to a new place because he wants to feel alive. This suggests that he is seeking a change in his life and believes that by leaving his current surroundings, he will be able to experience a sense of vitality and excitement. Marrying Vivian, getting away from his aunt, and quitting his teaching job may all be part of this larger goal of seeking a new and more fulfilling existence.

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  • 19. 

    Vivian is not willing to move with Grant because

    • A.

      She is married

    • B.

      She has kids

    • C.

      She is committed to her teaching

    • D.

      She does loves Grant, but is not sure about him

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above". This means that Vivian is not willing to move with Grant because she is married, has kids, is committed to her teaching, and is unsure about her feelings for Grant. These reasons collectively contribute to her unwillingness to relocate with him.

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  • 20. 

    Describe Vivian's appearance and personality.

  • 21. 

    Describe Vivien's current life situation and how does that impact her relationship with Grant?

  • 22. 

    Describe how does Grant feel about the responsibility of having to go and deal with Jefferson?

  • 23. 

    What does Grant's attitude about where he lives and the situation of dealing with Jefferson tell you about what kind of person Grant is and areas in his life that he needs to improve?

  • 24. 

    The following quote is an example of which of the following literary devises:   “…his godmother became as immobile as a great stone…”

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Simile

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    The quote compares the godmother's immobility to that of a great stone, using the word "as" to make the comparison. This is a clear example of a simile, which is a literary device that compares two unlike things using "like" or "as".

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  • 25. 

    "I ask you, I implore you, look carefully-do you see a man sitting here?  Look at the shape of this skill, this face as flat as the palm of my hand-look deeply into those eyes.  Do you see a modicum of intelligence?  Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?  Write Historical or Social/Cultural in the answer box.

    Correct Answer
    Social/Cultural
    social/cultural
    Social/Cultural Setting
    social/cultural setting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Social/Cultural" or "social/cultural" because the passage is describing the appearance of a man and questioning his intelligence based on his physical features. This suggests that the focus is on societal or cultural norms and expectations regarding intelligence and appearance.

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  • 26. 

    “He would pass sentence on Monday.  Ten o’clock Monday,  Miss Emma and my aunt sat in the same seats they had occupied on Friday”   Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

    Correct Answer
    Historical
    historical
    Historical Setting
    historical setting
    Explanation
    This is an example of Historical Setting. The mention of specific days and the reference to passing sentence suggests a legal or judicial context, which is specific to a particular time period in history. The fact that Miss Emma and the aunt are sitting in the same seats they occupied on Friday also implies a historical setting where seating arrangements hold significance.

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  • 27. 

    "When I came home from school that afternoon, I saw my aunt and Miss Emma sitting at the table in the kitchen."Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

    Correct Answer
    Historical
    historical
    Historical Setting
    historical setting
    Explanation
    This is an example of Historical Setting. The mention of coming home from school and seeing the aunt and Miss Emma sitting at the table in the kitchen suggests a specific time period in the past. The use of the word "afternoon" also indicates a historical context.

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  • 28. 

    “I shook my head.  ‘I have no idea.’  He stared at me, and I realized that I had not answered him in the proper manner. ‘Sir,’ I added.”   Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

    Correct Answer
    Social/Cultural
    Social/Cultural Setting
    social/cultural
    social/cultural setting
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because the passage is describing a social/cultural interaction between two individuals. The protagonist realizes that their initial response was not appropriate and corrects themselves by addressing the person as "Sir," indicating the importance of social norms and cultural expectations in the situation. This demonstrates the influence of social and cultural factors on the characters' behavior and communication.

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  • 29. 

    “There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.” Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

    Correct Answer
    Historical
    Historical Setting
    historical
    social/cultural
    Social/Cultural
    Explanation
    This passage describes the segregation and racial divide in a community, indicating a specific time period in history when racial segregation was prevalent. This makes it an example of the historical setting.

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  • 30. 

    “There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.” Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting and EXPLAIN your answer.

  • 31. 

    “There were probably a dozen people in the place, half of them at the bar, the rest of them sitting at tables with white tablecloths.  I spoke to Joe Claiborne and went though a side door into the café to use the telephone.  The bales in the café had checkered red and white table clothes.  Thelma Claiborne was behind the counter.  Thelma ran the café and her husband, Joe, ran the bar." Is this an example of Historical or Social/Cultural Setting?

    Correct Answer
    Historical
    historical
    Historical Setting
    historical setting
    Explanation
    This passage provides information about the setting of a café and bar, including details such as the number of people present, the appearance of the tables, and the individuals who run the establishment. These details do not pertain to specific historical events or cultural practices, but rather describe the physical environment. Therefore, this passage is an example of a historical setting.

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  • 32. 

    Character:  Society and the environment Quotes:“There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for coloreds.  There was a white movie theater uptown; a colored movie theater back of town.  There were two elementary schools uptown, one Catholic, one public, for whites; and the same back of town for colored.  Bayonne’s major industries were a cement plant, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, mostly for hogs.”   ““I ask you, I implore you, look carefully-do you see a man sitting here?  Look at the shape of this skill, this face as flat as the palm of my hand-look deeply into those eyes.  Do you see a modicum of intelligence?”   “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life teaching school in a plantation church.  I want to be with you, someplace where we could have a choice of things to do. I don’t feel alive here.  I am not living here.”Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Antagonist

    • C.

      Round

    • D.

      Flat

    • E.

      Static

    • F.

      Dynamic

    Correct Answer
    B. Antagonist
    Explanation
    The given quotes suggest that the character is facing discrimination and segregation based on race, with separate facilities and opportunities for white and colored individuals. This creates a conflict between the character and society, making society the antagonist. The character expresses a desire for change and a different life, indicating a dynamic nature. Therefore, the terms that fit the character are antagonist and dynamic.

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  • 33. 

    Character:  Grant Wiggins Quotes:  "Do you want me to leave Grant?" she asked.  "You know I don't like it when you talk like that.""No, I don't want you to leave.  Please don't leave me," I told her." I need to go someplace where I can feel I'm living,"  I said.  "I dont want to spend the rest of my life teaching school in a plantation church.  I want to be with you, someplace where we could have a choice of things to do.  I don't feel alive here.  I am not living here.  I know we can do better someplace else." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Antagonist

    • C.

      Round

    • D.

      Flat

    • E.

      Static

    • F.

      Dynamic

    Correct Answer
    C. Round
    Explanation
    The character of Grant Wiggins can be described as round based on the quotes provided. He expresses a range of emotions and desires, showing depth and complexity. He longs for a different life and feels unfulfilled in his current circumstances, indicating a desire for change and growth. This suggests that he is a well-developed and multi-dimensional character, making him a round character.

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  • 34. 

    Character:  Jefferson Quotes: "She just sat there staring at the boy's clean-cropped head where he sat at the front table with his lawyer." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Antagonist

    • C.

      Round

    • D.

      Flat

    • E.

      Static

    • F.

      Dynamic

    Correct Answer
    D. Flat
    Explanation
    Based on the quote provided, the term "flat" fits the character of Jefferson. The quote suggests that Jefferson is observing the boy's clean-cropped head without any significant emotional or behavioral changes or development. This implies that Jefferson lacks depth or complexity, making him a flat character.

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  • 35. 

    Character:  Taunte Lou Quotes:  "You going with us up the quarter," my aunt said, as though I hadn't said a word.  "You going up there with us, Grant, or you don't sleep in this house." Based on the quotes, select the terms that fit the character.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Antagonist

    • C.

      Round

    • D.

      Flat

    • E.

      Static

    • F.

      Dynamic

    Correct Answer
    B. Antagonist
    Explanation
    Based on the quotes provided, Taunte Lou is portrayed as an antagonist. She is forcing the character, Grant, to go with them to a place he may not want to go, using a threatening tone. This creates conflict and opposition between the character and Taunte Lou, making her the antagonist in this situation.

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  • 36. 

    This quote is an example of what type of conflict?“Go back Grope told him. ‘Go back.’  Bear had been drinking and his eyes were glossy, he walked unsteadily, grinning all the time as he continued around the counter.  ‘Go back,’ Grope told him. ‘I mean, the last time now-go back.” Bear continued.  Grope moved quickly toward the cah register, where he withdrew a revolver…”

    • A.

      Character vs. character

    • B.

      Character vs. self

    • C.

      Character vs. society

    • D.

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E.

      Character vs. nature

    Correct Answer
    A. Character vs. character
    Explanation
    The quote shows a conflict between two characters, Grope and Bear. Grope is instructing Bear to go back, but Bear continues to ignore him and walk unsteadily. This demonstrates a clash between the two characters, making it an example of character vs. character conflict.

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  • 37. 

    This quote is an example of what type of conflict? “Death by electrocution.  The governor would set the date.”

    • A.

      Character vs. character

    • B.

      Character vs. self

    • C.

      Character vs. society

    • D.

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E.

      Character vs. nature

    Correct Answer
    C. Character vs. society
    Explanation
    This quote is an example of character vs. society conflict because it shows the protagonist's struggle against the societal norm of using electrocution as a method of execution. The protagonist is challenging the governor's decision to set the date for their death by electrocution, indicating a conflict between the individual and the beliefs, values, or rules of society.

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  • 38. 

    This quote is an example of what type of conflict?“I clamped my jaws so tight the veins in my neck felt as if they would burst.  I wanted to scream… I hated this place and all I wanted to do was get away.  I had told her I was no teacher, I hated teaching…”

    • A.

      Character vs. character

    • B.

      Character vs. self

    • C.

      Character vs. society

    • D.

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E.

      Character vs. nature

    Correct Answer
    B. Character vs. self
    Explanation
    The quote demonstrates a conflict within the character's own mind and emotions. The character is feeling frustrated and angry, expressing a strong desire to escape the situation. This internal struggle between the character's own desires and feelings represents a character vs. self conflict.

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  • 39. 

    This quote is an example of what type of conflict? “Suppose I was allowed to visit him, and suppose I reach him and made him realize that he was as much a man as any other man; then what? He is still going to die…  So what will I have accomplished?  What will I have done?”

    • A.

      Character vs. character

    • B.

      Character vs. society

    • C.

      Character vs. self

    • D.

      Character vs. God/supernatural

    • E.

      Character vs. nature

    Correct Answer
    C. Character vs. self
    Explanation
    The quote reflects a conflict within the character's own mind and emotions. They are grappling with the internal struggle of whether their actions or efforts would truly make a difference in the face of inevitable death. This conflict is characterized as a character vs. self conflict.

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  • 40. 

    Why does Miss Emma feel that Henri Pichot should honor her request?

    • A.

      She is a church leader and should be respected.

    • B.

      She worked for Henri Pichot and knows his family and has helped and supported them.

    • C.

      She is the only family that Jefferson has and need Henri Pichot to share that information.

    Correct Answer
    B. She worked for Henri Pichot and knows his family and has helped and supported them.
    Explanation
    Miss Emma feels that Henri Pichot should honor her request because she has a personal connection with him and his family. She has worked for Henri Pichot, which indicates a level of loyalty and trust between them. Additionally, Miss Emma has helped and supported his family in the past, further strengthening their relationship. This history of mutual assistance and familiarity gives Miss Emma the belief that Henri Pichot should grant her request.

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