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Balzaac Journal #2

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Samantha Stark
11-11-2015
11:10 AM ET (US)
The narrator, four eyes, and Luo actually have a few things in common. They were friends so they would take care of each other. They had their re-education together and stuck together through that. They want to go back to the city also. At the city they can make a new life for themselves. Another thing in common is their way to survive. They have things in common but are very diffeent people.
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Bailey Meadors
11-02-2015
02:38 PM ET (US)
Books mean a lot to Four Eyes. You know books mean a lot to Four Eyes when he hides books from everyone and is very protective of them. Lou, on the other hand asks Four Eyes constantly about the books. He knows Four Eyes has them, but Four Eyes denies anything about books. The deal that Lou strikes Four Eyes is that he would help carry his load of rice, while he was waiting for his glasses to come, if in exchange he could get a book.
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Woodard Austin
11-02-2015
02:27 PM ET (US)
Luo, the narrator and four eyes are the three musketeers, all of them lived in the city and have to ban together in their re-education. Even though they all "conspire" with their banned meat, four eyes still keeps a secret from Luo and the narrator, which they deduce to being a suitcase filled with books. I think he wasn't trying to be selfish, rather he just wanted to be safe and his parents had entrusted him, so he felt liable. Luo and the Narrator traded four-eyes their help for a book, which seemed fair enough since they were all friends and could trust each other. I feel like Luo and the narrator were pretty bummed we they couldn't read any more books, but any risk to four-eyes future could split their friendship and Luo was distracted so they probably didn't miss out to much.
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Taylor Lewin
11-02-2015
02:21 PM ET (US)
2. Explain the significance of the books for Luo, the narrator and Four Eyes. What deal does Luo strike with Four Eyes?

Four-Eyes has books hidden in a suitcase at his house that Luo and the narrator find. Luo and the narrator asked Four-Eyes multiple times about the books and he continued to deny their existence. Four-Eyes broke his glasses and had to wait for his mother to mail him a pair of them. He wasn't able to see very well and had to haul rice in the snow. Luo and the narrator offered to help him in the exchange for one book. Four-Eyes then gave them a very thin book by Balzac.
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Anastasia Contreras
11-02-2015
02:21 PM ET (US)
4. What is Four Eyes' predicament and how does Luo hope to benefit from this?

       Four-Eyes struggles to write a poem for his mom's friend to publish. If he got a poem published it would better his chances in getting out of the village. Four-eyes couldn't think of anything but he heard about and old man who signs old folk songs. When he went to see the old miller he got offended by Four-Eyes not eating is jay dumplings. So Four-Eyes left the thousand metere-cliff with nothing but lice. After finding out Luo offered for himself and the narrator to go see the old miller and get him to sing for them in return for more books by Balzac. That way Luo could have the Little Seamstress read them to be more intellectual, literate and civilized so she could meet to Luo's standards.
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Justin Sebert
11-02-2015
02:20 PM ET (US)
4. Four-eyes' predicament is that his glasses are broke and his new ones haven't come in yet. That is bad for him because his job requires him to know where he is going so that he doesn't mess up. And the way he sees it, if he messes up, the farmers will never let him go home. And so Luo and the Narrator make an offer to help him until his glasses arrive for one of the illegal books in Four-eyes' suitcase. In the end, he gets one of the books.
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Kendra Tucker
11-02-2015
02:20 PM ET (US)
4. What is Four Eyes' predicament and how does Luo hope to benefit from this?

Four Eyes' has two predicaments. One being with his glasses breaking and the other for getting the old songs to sent to his mom. By not having the glasses to see everyday for his job, he'd spill the rice. By having Luo help he might get some of the books he is hiding. The other one would be getting old miller to get him the songs, he'd be able to get the books by Balzac through the deal they had.
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Ashley Eickman
11-02-2015
02:19 PM ET (US)
1. Describe the relationship between Lou, the narrator, and Four Eyes.

Lou, the narrator, and Four Eyes have a few things in common. Each have a three in a thousand chance at returning back to the city. All three want to survive and return to the city as soon as possible. They take care of each other because they don't have parents to take care of them. Four Eyes gives Luo and the narrator books in exchange for fruits and vegetables. They know each other fairly well.
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Hailey Johnson
11-02-2015
02:19 PM ET (US)
1. Describe the relationship between Luo and the narrator and Four Eyes.

The boys and Four Eyes have always been "good friends." However in the more recent chapters we've seen a change in this friendship. Four Eyes starts to hide things even though the secrets of his books eventually spill out. They do things for each other but then are reluctant or regretful afterwards. This shows a lack of trust between the three of them. We see deals being made between the narrator and Luo with Four Eyes. The boys have to get work for Four Eyes, and they also have to get books and recordings from Balzac and old miller. These behaviors are only to be expected with everything happening in the revolution.
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Adrianna Atkins
11-02-2015
02:19 PM ET (US)
4. What is Four Eyes' predicament and how does Luo hope to benefit from this?
Four Eyes predicament was trying to get the songs. Four Eyes needed the songs because he believed it would help with his three of a thousand chances. Four Eyes believes if he can get the songs from the old miller he will be able to leave. Luo and the narrator use this to their advantage. They make a deal to help get the songs but only if Four Eyes will help them to get more Blazac books.
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Ryan Titus
11-02-2015
02:17 PM ET (US)
3. The book opens there eyes to an outside world. Luo rushes off the the little seamstress to tell her. The narrator is a little jealous of Luo, but he writes passages of the book in his jacket. Filling every nook and cranny with the word of Balzac, the narrator finally hears Luo approach. Luo rushes inside with a white handkerchief in his hands that has bloody leaves. He tells the narrator about how he told the little seamstress of the book and then took her virginity.
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Silhouette Smith
11-02-2015
02:15 PM ET (US)
Lou,the narrator, and four eyes, all have a lot in common. One of which would have to be their survival tactics. They all so desperately want to get back to the city and make a life for themselves. However, the chances of getting back are slim to none so, they have to compete against one another to get their. They also know how each of the others feel. They know that they have to take care of one another because if they don't no one else will. This is the relationship between all three very different people.
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Hayden Lodermeier
11-02-2015
02:15 PM ET (US)
1. The relationship between Luo the narrator and four eyes is that they are have that three and thousand chance of returning to the city. Lou and the narrator go over to four eyes' house whenever they get meat, fresh vegetables and alcohol. Four eyes gives them one of his books.
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Megan Schuttloffel
11-02-2015
01:28 PM ET (US)
4. What is Four Eyes' predicament and how does Luo hope to benefit from this?
Four eyes predicament is that he broke his glasses. His job requires him to walk and see where he is walking so he doesn't trip and spill all of the rice. Luo hope to help Four Eyee do his work. In exchange for his help Luo will get one of Four eyes secret books he has.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11-02-2015
01:24 PM ET (US)
Write 5 sentences. Choose:

1. Describe the relationship between Luo and the narrator and Four Eyes.
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2. Explain the significance of the books for Luo, the narrator and Four Eyes. What deal does Luo strike with Four Eyes?
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3. How does Balzac affect Luo and the narrator? What does each DO after reading Ursule Mirouet?
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4. What is Four Eyes' predicament and how does Luo hope to benefit from this?

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