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Catherine, Called Birdy - Day 9 (February)
Transcript of Catherine, Called Birdy - Day 9 (February)
by Karen Cushman
Catherine, Called Birdy
repulsive, causing disgust
annoy, bother; cause of irritation
money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage
to roar, yell
using language clearly or effectively showing feeling or meaning; forceful and fluent expression
gloomy state of mind, depression
to approve or agree
to consider carefully
to be successful; prosper
1. What makes one person in society more valuable than another?
2. How does humor help people in life?
3. How were women's lives different from men's lives in the medieval times?
Catherine, Called Birdy
1. What was the cause of Peppercorn's strange behavior?
2. Why does Catherine take such care with her appearance before meeting Madame Joanna?
3. Guess what Madame Joanna means when she says to Catherine, "You are lucky, Little Bird, for you have wings. But you must learn to master them."
4. How does Catherine compare happiness to the colored lights coming in church windows?
Young Fulk: Catherine sets fire to the privy and her father beats him in chess.
3. She means that Catherine has a strong will and sense of independence. She should learn to control her impulses and choose more carefully the things she takes a stand about.
4. This means that you can't control either. Happiness, like the light, is either there or it isn't.
Catherine is surprised to see Peppercorn back home and to find out that Aelis is to marry someone else.
1. A candied fig was lodged in Peppercorn's ear. The fig caused her to act strangely. Perkin found the fig.
Birdy and Perkin have a trusting friendship. They get in and out of trouble together. They depend on each other.
Catherine despises her father because he is greedy and insensible. He is selfish and insensitive.
Catherine's mother is considerate of Catherine's feelings and tries to redirect her behavior.
Morwenna orders Catherine around and disciplines her often. She is strict with Catherine.
2. Madame Joanna is the king's cousin. Catherine dreams that the great lady will befriend her and become her ally. When she meets her, she is surprised and disappointed to learn that she is quite old.
Catherine admires and trusts her brother, Edward. She shares her thoughts and ideas with him. She follows his advice.
Catherine thinks Robert is abominable. He pesters and annoys her.
Catherine admires her Uncle George. She enjoys listening to his stories which are full of adventure. She enjoys her uncle's company and attention.