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                 Iris Lemon
•       Imagery
•       Flower Imagery
•       Nature
    –    “The night was drenched and fragrant.”
         (143)




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                Roy’s Reaction
•       “Despite his good intentions he was
        disappointed right off, because she was
        heavier than he had thought—the picture
        didn’t show that so much or if it did he
        hadn’t noticed—and she had lost
        something, in this soft brown dress, that
        she’d had in the red. He didn’t like them
        hefty, yet on second thought it couldn’t be
        said she really was. Big, yes, but shapely
        too.” (145)
    –     Shallowness of Roy

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           Roy’s Reaction
•   “Iris, a stranger, had done for him
    what the other wouldn’t, in public
    view what’s more. He felt for her a
    gratitude it was hard to hold in.”
    (146)




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    The End of Roy’s Slump
•   “he was a smashing success at bat—
    five for five, three home runs.” (144)




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            Roy and Iris’ Date
•       They go to the water
•       Similar to Roy and Memo
    –    Roy and Memo’s water was dangerous
         and polluted.
    –    Roy and Iris swim in their water




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Iris’ Motivation for Standing Up
•   “I hate to see a hero fail. There are
    so few of them.” (148)
•   “Without heroes we’re all plain
    people and don’t know how far we
    can go.” (148)
•   “Yes, it’s their function to be the best
    and for the rest of us to understand
    what they represent and guide
    ourselves accordingly.” (148)
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         The Purpose of a Hero
•       Roy “hadn’t thought of it that way.”
        (148)
•       Iris’ definition is unselfish
•       Roy’s is selfish
    –     “I wanted everything.” (150)
         • When Iris challenges him, Roy hears
             a non existing train “going nowhere”
             (151) in the background

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             Roy and Iris’ Date
•       Roy feels comfortable enough with
        Iris to tell her everything about his
        past
•       Suffering
    –     “We have two lives, Roy, the life we
          learn with and the life we live with after
          that. Suffering is what brings us toward
          happiness…It teaches us to want the
          right things.” (152)
         • Has Roy learned this lesson?
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    Roy and Iris Go Swimming
•       After his kiss is rejected, Roy swims
        to the bottom of the lake
•       As he struggles to swim back to the
        surface, “there came into his sight
        this pair of golden arms searching,
        and a golden head with a frantic
        face. Even her hair sought him. He
        felt relieved no end.” (155)
    –    Is Iris Roy’s savior?

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                   Iris’ Family
•       Not married
•       Has a daughter
•       Is a grandmother
•       Roy’s Reaction
    –    shocked




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    How does Roy treat Iris?
•   Like an object
•   Very selfish




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