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Transcript of 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)
Too much or too many
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)
That the flowers in Stan's front window had anything to do with Dolores seemed completely improbable. (pg. 366)
To care for deeply
These Ernie cherished. The seeds had been delivered to his home by mistake. (pg.367)
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.
In a manner that shows caution and good judgement
Jack watched Ernie watch Dolores and discreetly said nothing. (pg.370).
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.
Flowers appear in windows
People know something has happened
They eliminate death as the reason.
They know someone has a crush.
Now you try!
Ernie's mother dies
Delores starts to feel good about herself and take more care with her appearance.
Dick starts being more friendly toward his customers.