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A Crush

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Brooke Fogle

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of A Crush

A Crush

By: Cynthia Rylant
Excess flowers usually mean death, but since these were all real flowers bearing the aroma of nature instead of floral preservative, and since they stood bunched in clear Mason jars instead of impaled on Styrofoam crosses, everyone knew nobody had died. (pg. 364)
Excess
Too much or too many
Taut
Not loose or flabby
On the days she went sleeveless, one could see it on the taut brown skin of her upper arm: "Howl at the Moon." (pg. 366)
Improbable
Not likely
That the flowers in Stan's front window had anything to do with Dolores seemed completely improbable. (pg. 366)
Cherish
To care for deeply
These Ernie cherished. The seeds had been delivered to his home by mistake. (pg.367)
Usher
To guide in a certain direction
Two months later Ernie's mother died. A neighbor found her at the mailbox beside the road. People from the county courthouse came out to get Ernie, and as they ushered him from the home he would never see again, he picked up the box of seed packages from his kitchen table and passed through the doorway.
Discreetly
In a manner that shows caution and good judgement
Jack watched Ernie watch Dolores and discreetly said nothing. (pg.370).
Delores
Trait
Trait
Example
Example
Ernie
Trait
Trait
Example
Example
Cause and Effect
Seeing how things are related can help you understand them. Events in a plot are often related to each other by cause and effect.
EX:
Flowers appear in windows
Cause
People know something has happened
Effect/Cause
They eliminate death as the reason.
Effect/Cause
They know someone has a crush.
Effect
Now you try!
Ernie's mother dies
Cause
Effect
Cause
Delores starts to feel good about herself and take more care with her appearance.

Dick starts being more friendly toward his customers.
Effect
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