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Inhalt The Book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" was written by Tom Franklin in 2010. The story begins in the 1970s and ends in the present. Larry Ott is a nerdy white boy, an undoubtedly Crooked Type Crooked. Like his father, he later becomes a car mechanic. Larry and Silas Jones, a black baseball player who returns to the village as a constable many years after leaving school, are secret friends for a short time as schoolboys. Larry is linked to the disappearance of Cindy Walker. Her body is never found and there is no evidence. Twenty-five years later, another girl disappears, and the culprit for all the citizens of the small town is again Larry. When Silas is assigned to solve the case, the two men must face old secrets and hurts to bring the truth to light. Characters Larry Ott „Scary Larry" is an outsider who just wants to be accepted was not a strong, healthy boy that his father could be proud of was teased and bullied by the other kids, even from a young age unusual hobbies make him a misfit, feminin features, loves reading ● Crooked letter, Crooked letter • finds it hard to judge whether people really want to be friends with him -> naive • his loneliness leads...

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him to misjudge Wallace ● feels empathy with monsters -> thats how other people see him • at the end of the novel, he wants to change his passive life Carl Ott is an abusive father, raising his son by demanding respecte instead of showing love • dislikes his son -> is scornful both of his appearance and his interests • does not want to teach Larry his trade enjoys other people `s humiliation • takes little responsibility for his past actions Alice Jones loves her son deeply and sacrifices a lot for him • takes Silas to live in Mississippi to start a new life • very attractive to men, many of whom use her • works hard to make a better life for them, which Silas dos not appreciate or acknowledge at the time ● is afraid of the repercussions of Silas`s relationship with Cindy, because she has had a similar experience herself Silas Jones local police constable who has to come to terms with his past, baseball team • takes risks has lied to himself about the significance of certsin events in his past forced to admit his guilt and responsibility for what has happened to Larry has to work for Larry`s forgiveness • it's a shock to discover the father he has always longed for is, in fact, Carl Ott comes to realize how badly he treated his mother • has to learn empathy. Ina Ott Larry's mother is devoted to her son is a housewife who is very religious ● loves and protects her son -> wants him to be happy • treatment of Alice is cold and unforgiving develops dementia after Larry is accused of killing Cindy Walker • her solution to Larry`s problem is a prayer Cindy Walker her date with Larry changes both his and Silas's life forever pretty and popular • tries to stand up to her step-father, but he becomes gradually more abusive towards her • dreams of escaping their small town with Silas ● • Larry is her victim: she forces him into the situation that leads to his being octracized by the community Cecil Walker Cindy's abusive step-father is presumably also her killer unemployed and spends his days drinking beer enjoys playing cruel tricks on Cindy • is abusive towards his step-daughter and clearly wants to have sex with her • allows Larry to take the blame for Cindy's murder Themes and Motifs The ambiguity of belonging • The novel deals with the ambiguity of social identity and personal identity Larry is white, but is not accepted by the other white boys ● • He tries to fit in but is not able to connect with his peers because their interests are so different • Even after his success at the haunted house, the others reject him.. As an adult, he has come to terms with his status as an outsider • Silas is sure of his identity but finds out that things are not as they seem • It is hard for him to accept Larry as his brother - his feelings about it are ambiguous • Silas develops a sense of belonging to a place by discovering his roots How the boy he'd been had grown to be the man he was • Silas has to face up to his past actions and take responsibility for them • The novel describes how the past affects the present • Silas did not speak out about Cindy, through fear of getting into trouble but also because, as a young man, he did not consider the consequences •As an adult, he sees how easy it has been to avoid taking responsibility • He is forced to find the courage to do the right thing The monster behind the mask • The horrifying zombie mask seems to hide a monster ● Larry sees his attacker as a monster in a mask • At school, the mask gives him his one taste of popularity • As an adult, he uses the mask as a harmless way to scare off an intruder • A mask makes the wearer anonymous and distances them from their actions Wallace Stringfellow fascinated by Larry, Wallace commits a `copycat murder' in honor of his hero • from the first time he heard about Larry, Wallace has wanted to meet him ● offers Larry friendship, something nobody else has done for years • has several sick fantasies • one reason why he kills Tina Rutherford is his certainity that Larry is also a killer The "Crooked Letter": rural Mississippi The title of the novel refers directly to its setting, showing that it must be significant • Some things in the novel are not what they seem: there is something "crooked" going on • The Small-town attitudes make life difficult for Larry. • Officially, there is no more racial segregation, yet blacks and whites do not of mix • Even in the present day, there is still evidence of racial discrimination Friendship and betrayal More than anything, Larry wants a friend, but the friends he makes cause unforeseen difficulties in his life • He is not accepted by the other white boys of his age •As unlikely as it seems, he and Silas have a lot in common Larry betrays Silas, but Silas's betrayal of his old friend is far more serious • It takes Larry a long time to realize that Wallace is not really his friend ● Structure and point of view • The story is told through a combination of present-day action and flashbacks The novel has nineteen chapters ● It is told in the present day and through flashbacks • The story is told from different points of view ● Fast Facts Timeline and Narrative Perspective Chapter Time / Point of view Chapter present (Larry) present (Silas) flashback (Larry) One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen Sixteen Seventeen Eighteen Nineteen present (Silas) flashback (Larry) present/flash back (Silas) flashback to 1.982 (Larry) present (Silas) flashback (Larry) present/ flashback (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry and Silas) Main events Larry is shot by an intruder wearing his zombie mask and left to die on the floor in his house Silas finds M&M's body; he sends the ambulance to Larry's house. Larry and Silas first meet; Larry is tricked into insulting a black girl at school; Larry befriends Silas and teaches him to shoot. Silas and French investigate the crime scene at Larry's house; Silas discovers a message from Larry on his answering machine. Larry takes Silas to spy on Cindy; Silas defends Cindy against Cecil; Carl forces the boys to fight. Silas finds the photo of his mother in Larry's attic; he remembers his journey from Chicago to Mississippi with his mother. Larry's date with Cindy; she persuades him to drive her to her boyfriend's place and is never seen again Silas and Angie talk about the case; he tells her about Larry's zombie mask; Silas visits Larry and Mrs. Ott for the first time; he encounters Wallace driving his four-wheeler; he discovers a grave in the old hunting cabin. Wallace starts visiting Larry; Larry realizes he had seen him as a boy; Wallace turns on Larry when he won't admit to killing Cindy It is confirmed that Tina Rutherford's body was in the cabin; Larry is now the only suspect; Silas guards his hospital room at night and tells Larry not to confess; he discovers Mrs. Ott is being neglected in the nursing home; he tells Angie about his relationship with Cindy; they realize Cecil must have killed her Larry regains consciousness; French interviews him and tries to get a confession Silas rushes to the hospital when he hears Larry is awake; Larry is glad to see him until he admits what really happened on the night Cindy disappeared; Silas goes to a bar to get drunk and meets Irina again; she tells him about her.roommate who narrowly avoided being raped by. Wallace Larry is still restrained on his hospital bed; he remembers that Wallace almost confessed some thing to him a few nights before the shooting; Larry realizes the truth and asks to talk to French Silas goes to Wallace's house; Wallace sets his dog on Silas and shoots him. Larry hears that Silas has been shot; he tells French about Wallace; Silas is put in the same room as Larry after his surgery Silas tells Larry they are half-brothers; Larry asks to be moved to another room. Sila's has lots of visitors; it is confirmed that Wallace killed Tina; Silas is discharged from hospital Silas visits Larry but Larry will not speak to him; he and Angie clean up Larry's house. Larry walks out of the hospital; Silas finds him and drives him home; Larry offers to repair the Jeep Silas and Larry - Key Moments Larry and Silas meet for the first time Larry initiates the friendship Silas only visits Larry at home once Larry and Silas secretly. watch Cindy and her father Larry drives Cindy to meet her boyfriend, not knowing it is Silas • Silas shows interest in Larry's book. Larry senses that Silas is his "doppelgänger" • He teaches Silas to shoot and fish He lends Silas the rifle ● They catch snakes in the barn • Silas cuts the grass and Carl praises Larry for Silas's work • Silas jumps to Cindy's defense • Carl makes the boys fight for the rifle ● Larry insults Silas and their friendship ends She does not turn up at the agreed meeting. place Larry is blamed for her disappearance because Silas does not speak out ● The Ambiguity of belonging Belonging being certain of one's place in Society or of one's personal identity Ambiguity social or personal identity is not always as clear-cut as it seems Larry tries to get back in contact with Silas after he returns to Chabot ● Silas saves Larry's life by sending the ambulance to his house Larry is angry with Silas and wants nothing to do with him. Larry: ambiguity of social identity The black kids and white kids form two distinct groups -> they do not mix Larry is white, but is not accepted by the other white boys • He has different interests -> the other boys laugh at him • He longs to be accepted but does not know how -> his attempts to attract their attention, e.g. by bringing snakes to school confirm his reputation as 'weird' ● Wearing his zombie mask at the haunted house -> the one time he thinks he has been accepted • It is an illusion -> his peers still want nothing to do with. him • As an adult it seems he will always be "Scary Larry" -> even after his name has been cleared, he wonders if he will ever lose his reputation as an outsider • Silas ignores his calls and pretends he does not have time for his old friend • Silas discovers he and Larry are half-brothers. • He reveals what really happened the night Cindy disappeared. • Silas tries to make amends by visiting Larry in hospital and cleaning up his house. • He finds Larry walking home and drives him there • Larry offers to fix the Jeep Silas: ambiguity of personal identity • His identity seems clear • He finds it easy to integrate at his new school -> fits in with the other black kids • He grew up not knowing his father and has come to accept that • The discovery that Carl Ott is his father makes him question his identity -> he is not the person he thought he was • The fact that he and Larry are half-brothers forces him to reassess their relationship -> one reason why he tries to make amends for his behavior • Silas was the cool kid but proves to have a close connection with the misfit -> ambiguity • His sense of belonging to Mississippi -> mixed feelings at first, but his roots are there The ,,Crooked Letter". • An 's' looks like a snake.. • Snakes play an important role in the novel, e.g. the snake in the mailbox; Larry likes catching them; Wallace keeps snakes A "crooked letter" is the letter 's' The "Crooked Letter" symbolizes Mississippi. itself The setting implies certain attitudes that are often found in the rural south: racism and discrimination, unwillingness to accept people who do not fit in Betrayal ● ● checking to see if she is all right • If he had spoken up, her killer might have been found Larry's and Silas's friendship is unusual People would disapprove if they knew a white boy was friends with a black boy • Silas's relationship with Cindy is dangerous for the same The storyline is 'crooked' • The story is not told chronologically, but by means of flash backs ● Things are not what they seem: the truth is revealed gradually The title of the novel refers to the way children in the American south are taught to spell "Mississippi" Larry calls Silas a. 'nigger in the heat of the moment: he feels shame because he is being defeated in the fight in front of his father ● He instantly regrets saying it, but it destroys their friendship • Silas betrays Cindy: he breaks up with her to save his baseball career She thought he would save her from her family situation He lets her run off in the dark without reason • His mother has had experience of this and tries to warn him off Larry has "betrayed a trust between himself and his father" by telling his mother about giving Alice and Silas a ride • His mother gives the two of them coats, but makes it clear that there should be no future contact Something in the small town is 'crooked', i.e. is not right. Everyone believes in Larry's guilt, but they are looking at things the wrong way ● • In a small place, everybody knows each other's business.. • There is no escape for Larry: people will always see him as a killer. • He has been ostra cized for twenty-five years • Silas does not confess that he was with Cindy the night she disappeared • Larry took the blame and was ostracized from that day on • He lost his business and lived in isolation Silas allowed Larry to suffer for years Several of the characters betray each other in the novel. They betray trust, keep secrets or reveal them, sometimes with disastrous consequences • He kills Tina Rutherford to be like his hero' He tries to destroy Larry too by shooting him • Wallace betrays Larry's friendship. Larry thinks he has found a new friend at last • Wallace is only interested in the crimes he thinks Larry has committed Cindy betrays. Larry: she lets him think she really wants to go on a date with him • She uses him because she knows he will not refuse to help her ● • Carl Ott betrays his wife by sleeping with their maid • He brings shame on Ina by allowing Alice and Silas to live on their land

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Inhalt The Book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" was written by Tom Franklin in 2010. The story begins in the 1970s and ends in the present. Larry Ott is a nerdy white boy, an undoubtedly Crooked Type Crooked. Like his father, he later becomes a car mechanic. Larry and Silas Jones, a black baseball player who returns to the village as a constable many years after leaving school, are secret friends for a short time as schoolboys. Larry is linked to the disappearance of Cindy Walker. Her body is never found and there is no evidence. Twenty-five years later, another girl disappears, and the culprit for all the citizens of the small town is again Larry. When Silas is assigned to solve the case, the two men must face old secrets and hurts to bring the truth to light. Characters Larry Ott „Scary Larry" is an outsider who just wants to be accepted was not a strong, healthy boy that his father could be proud of was teased and bullied by the other kids, even from a young age unusual hobbies make him a misfit, feminin features, loves reading ● Crooked letter, Crooked letter • finds it hard to judge whether people really want to be friends with him -> naive • his loneliness leads...

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him to misjudge Wallace ● feels empathy with monsters -> thats how other people see him • at the end of the novel, he wants to change his passive life Carl Ott is an abusive father, raising his son by demanding respecte instead of showing love • dislikes his son -> is scornful both of his appearance and his interests • does not want to teach Larry his trade enjoys other people `s humiliation • takes little responsibility for his past actions Alice Jones loves her son deeply and sacrifices a lot for him • takes Silas to live in Mississippi to start a new life • very attractive to men, many of whom use her • works hard to make a better life for them, which Silas dos not appreciate or acknowledge at the time ● is afraid of the repercussions of Silas`s relationship with Cindy, because she has had a similar experience herself Silas Jones local police constable who has to come to terms with his past, baseball team • takes risks has lied to himself about the significance of certsin events in his past forced to admit his guilt and responsibility for what has happened to Larry has to work for Larry`s forgiveness • it's a shock to discover the father he has always longed for is, in fact, Carl Ott comes to realize how badly he treated his mother • has to learn empathy. Ina Ott Larry's mother is devoted to her son is a housewife who is very religious ● loves and protects her son -> wants him to be happy • treatment of Alice is cold and unforgiving develops dementia after Larry is accused of killing Cindy Walker • her solution to Larry`s problem is a prayer Cindy Walker her date with Larry changes both his and Silas's life forever pretty and popular • tries to stand up to her step-father, but he becomes gradually more abusive towards her • dreams of escaping their small town with Silas ● • Larry is her victim: she forces him into the situation that leads to his being octracized by the community Cecil Walker Cindy's abusive step-father is presumably also her killer unemployed and spends his days drinking beer enjoys playing cruel tricks on Cindy • is abusive towards his step-daughter and clearly wants to have sex with her • allows Larry to take the blame for Cindy's murder Themes and Motifs The ambiguity of belonging • The novel deals with the ambiguity of social identity and personal identity Larry is white, but is not accepted by the other white boys ● • He tries to fit in but is not able to connect with his peers because their interests are so different • Even after his success at the haunted house, the others reject him.. As an adult, he has come to terms with his status as an outsider • Silas is sure of his identity but finds out that things are not as they seem • It is hard for him to accept Larry as his brother - his feelings about it are ambiguous • Silas develops a sense of belonging to a place by discovering his roots How the boy he'd been had grown to be the man he was • Silas has to face up to his past actions and take responsibility for them • The novel describes how the past affects the present • Silas did not speak out about Cindy, through fear of getting into trouble but also because, as a young man, he did not consider the consequences •As an adult, he sees how easy it has been to avoid taking responsibility • He is forced to find the courage to do the right thing The monster behind the mask • The horrifying zombie mask seems to hide a monster ● Larry sees his attacker as a monster in a mask • At school, the mask gives him his one taste of popularity • As an adult, he uses the mask as a harmless way to scare off an intruder • A mask makes the wearer anonymous and distances them from their actions Wallace Stringfellow fascinated by Larry, Wallace commits a `copycat murder' in honor of his hero • from the first time he heard about Larry, Wallace has wanted to meet him ● offers Larry friendship, something nobody else has done for years • has several sick fantasies • one reason why he kills Tina Rutherford is his certainity that Larry is also a killer The "Crooked Letter": rural Mississippi The title of the novel refers directly to its setting, showing that it must be significant • Some things in the novel are not what they seem: there is something "crooked" going on • The Small-town attitudes make life difficult for Larry. • Officially, there is no more racial segregation, yet blacks and whites do not of mix • Even in the present day, there is still evidence of racial discrimination Friendship and betrayal More than anything, Larry wants a friend, but the friends he makes cause unforeseen difficulties in his life • He is not accepted by the other white boys of his age •As unlikely as it seems, he and Silas have a lot in common Larry betrays Silas, but Silas's betrayal of his old friend is far more serious • It takes Larry a long time to realize that Wallace is not really his friend ● Structure and point of view • The story is told through a combination of present-day action and flashbacks The novel has nineteen chapters ● It is told in the present day and through flashbacks • The story is told from different points of view ● Fast Facts Timeline and Narrative Perspective Chapter Time / Point of view Chapter present (Larry) present (Silas) flashback (Larry) One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen Sixteen Seventeen Eighteen Nineteen present (Silas) flashback (Larry) present/flash back (Silas) flashback to 1.982 (Larry) present (Silas) flashback (Larry) present/ flashback (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry) present (Silas) present (Larry and Silas) Main events Larry is shot by an intruder wearing his zombie mask and left to die on the floor in his house Silas finds M&M's body; he sends the ambulance to Larry's house. Larry and Silas first meet; Larry is tricked into insulting a black girl at school; Larry befriends Silas and teaches him to shoot. Silas and French investigate the crime scene at Larry's house; Silas discovers a message from Larry on his answering machine. Larry takes Silas to spy on Cindy; Silas defends Cindy against Cecil; Carl forces the boys to fight. Silas finds the photo of his mother in Larry's attic; he remembers his journey from Chicago to Mississippi with his mother. Larry's date with Cindy; she persuades him to drive her to her boyfriend's place and is never seen again Silas and Angie talk about the case; he tells her about Larry's zombie mask; Silas visits Larry and Mrs. Ott for the first time; he encounters Wallace driving his four-wheeler; he discovers a grave in the old hunting cabin. Wallace starts visiting Larry; Larry realizes he had seen him as a boy; Wallace turns on Larry when he won't admit to killing Cindy It is confirmed that Tina Rutherford's body was in the cabin; Larry is now the only suspect; Silas guards his hospital room at night and tells Larry not to confess; he discovers Mrs. Ott is being neglected in the nursing home; he tells Angie about his relationship with Cindy; they realize Cecil must have killed her Larry regains consciousness; French interviews him and tries to get a confession Silas rushes to the hospital when he hears Larry is awake; Larry is glad to see him until he admits what really happened on the night Cindy disappeared; Silas goes to a bar to get drunk and meets Irina again; she tells him about her.roommate who narrowly avoided being raped by. Wallace Larry is still restrained on his hospital bed; he remembers that Wallace almost confessed some thing to him a few nights before the shooting; Larry realizes the truth and asks to talk to French Silas goes to Wallace's house; Wallace sets his dog on Silas and shoots him. Larry hears that Silas has been shot; he tells French about Wallace; Silas is put in the same room as Larry after his surgery Silas tells Larry they are half-brothers; Larry asks to be moved to another room. Sila's has lots of visitors; it is confirmed that Wallace killed Tina; Silas is discharged from hospital Silas visits Larry but Larry will not speak to him; he and Angie clean up Larry's house. Larry walks out of the hospital; Silas finds him and drives him home; Larry offers to repair the Jeep Silas and Larry - Key Moments Larry and Silas meet for the first time Larry initiates the friendship Silas only visits Larry at home once Larry and Silas secretly. watch Cindy and her father Larry drives Cindy to meet her boyfriend, not knowing it is Silas • Silas shows interest in Larry's book. Larry senses that Silas is his "doppelgänger" • He teaches Silas to shoot and fish He lends Silas the rifle ● They catch snakes in the barn • Silas cuts the grass and Carl praises Larry for Silas's work • Silas jumps to Cindy's defense • Carl makes the boys fight for the rifle ● Larry insults Silas and their friendship ends She does not turn up at the agreed meeting. place Larry is blamed for her disappearance because Silas does not speak out ● The Ambiguity of belonging Belonging being certain of one's place in Society or of one's personal identity Ambiguity social or personal identity is not always as clear-cut as it seems Larry tries to get back in contact with Silas after he returns to Chabot ● Silas saves Larry's life by sending the ambulance to his house Larry is angry with Silas and wants nothing to do with him. Larry: ambiguity of social identity The black kids and white kids form two distinct groups -> they do not mix Larry is white, but is not accepted by the other white boys • He has different interests -> the other boys laugh at him • He longs to be accepted but does not know how -> his attempts to attract their attention, e.g. by bringing snakes to school confirm his reputation as 'weird' ● Wearing his zombie mask at the haunted house -> the one time he thinks he has been accepted • It is an illusion -> his peers still want nothing to do with. him • As an adult it seems he will always be "Scary Larry" -> even after his name has been cleared, he wonders if he will ever lose his reputation as an outsider • Silas ignores his calls and pretends he does not have time for his old friend • Silas discovers he and Larry are half-brothers. • He reveals what really happened the night Cindy disappeared. • Silas tries to make amends by visiting Larry in hospital and cleaning up his house. • He finds Larry walking home and drives him there • Larry offers to fix the Jeep Silas: ambiguity of personal identity • His identity seems clear • He finds it easy to integrate at his new school -> fits in with the other black kids • He grew up not knowing his father and has come to accept that • The discovery that Carl Ott is his father makes him question his identity -> he is not the person he thought he was • The fact that he and Larry are half-brothers forces him to reassess their relationship -> one reason why he tries to make amends for his behavior • Silas was the cool kid but proves to have a close connection with the misfit -> ambiguity • His sense of belonging to Mississippi -> mixed feelings at first, but his roots are there The ,,Crooked Letter". • An 's' looks like a snake.. • Snakes play an important role in the novel, e.g. the snake in the mailbox; Larry likes catching them; Wallace keeps snakes A "crooked letter" is the letter 's' The "Crooked Letter" symbolizes Mississippi. itself The setting implies certain attitudes that are often found in the rural south: racism and discrimination, unwillingness to accept people who do not fit in Betrayal ● ● checking to see if she is all right • If he had spoken up, her killer might have been found Larry's and Silas's friendship is unusual People would disapprove if they knew a white boy was friends with a black boy • Silas's relationship with Cindy is dangerous for the same The storyline is 'crooked' • The story is not told chronologically, but by means of flash backs ● Things are not what they seem: the truth is revealed gradually The title of the novel refers to the way children in the American south are taught to spell "Mississippi" Larry calls Silas a. 'nigger in the heat of the moment: he feels shame because he is being defeated in the fight in front of his father ● He instantly regrets saying it, but it destroys their friendship • Silas betrays Cindy: he breaks up with her to save his baseball career She thought he would save her from her family situation He lets her run off in the dark without reason • His mother has had experience of this and tries to warn him off Larry has "betrayed a trust between himself and his father" by telling his mother about giving Alice and Silas a ride • His mother gives the two of them coats, but makes it clear that there should be no future contact Something in the small town is 'crooked', i.e. is not right. Everyone believes in Larry's guilt, but they are looking at things the wrong way ● • In a small place, everybody knows each other's business.. • There is no escape for Larry: people will always see him as a killer. • He has been ostra cized for twenty-five years • Silas does not confess that he was with Cindy the night she disappeared • Larry took the blame and was ostracized from that day on • He lost his business and lived in isolation Silas allowed Larry to suffer for years Several of the characters betray each other in the novel. They betray trust, keep secrets or reveal them, sometimes with disastrous consequences • He kills Tina Rutherford to be like his hero' He tries to destroy Larry too by shooting him • Wallace betrays Larry's friendship. Larry thinks he has found a new friend at last • Wallace is only interested in the crimes he thinks Larry has committed Cindy betrays. Larry: she lets him think she really wants to go on a date with him • She uses him because she knows he will not refuse to help her ● • Carl Ott betrays his wife by sleeping with their maid • He brings shame on Ina by allowing Alice and Silas to live on their land