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Chapters Ten and ElevenSlide2
Chapter Ten: Spooning
How does Hartley use the chapter to emphasise Leoâs naivety?
What does Leo learn from Ted about
he not learn?Slide3
ââ¦ and though I did not understand the force that drew them together, any more than I understood the force that drew the steel to the magnet, I recognised its strength. And with its strength went a suggestion of beauty and mystery that took hold of my imagination in spite of all my prejudice against it.â
What clues has Hartley revealed about his attitude towards sex? Is it presented as something âof beauty and mysteryâ or a force for destruction?
What do you think the change in Leoâs attitude towards the straw stack represents?Slide4
Who does Posner turn to when he questions his sexuality?
In what ways does this person mirror/ contrast with the behaviour of Ted?
Who do you think is really at fault here? Should Ted/ Posnerâs teacher be obliged to help him if they are not comfortable doing so?Slide5
Chapter Eleven: Denys
Although a minor character, in many
Denys helps give the reader insight into the cruelty of the
Make a list of examples of ways in which he is shown not to fit in in his own family.
How far does Hartley suggest Denys is to blame?Slide6
The Cricket Match
The cricket match is the central point in the novel. Work in pairs to rank the statements below according to how strongly you agree with them. Each ranking needs to be supported by a quotation.
The cricket match represents an orderly world that is threatened by passion
The cricket match represents the developing social tensions in Britain and the imminent end of social stability
The cricket match is presented in terms of pure excitement
The cricket match is a means of revealing Leoâs snobbery
â this makes it harder for the reader
to sympathise with him