December 18, 2014
Fifth Business Questions
Chapter One: Mrs. Dempster
The event that irrevocably altered Dunstable Ramsay’s life was his first encounter with Mrs. Dempster. She was the wife of the town’s Baptist pastor, Amasa Dempster, and was with child at the time of this untimely encounter. It was 5:58 PM on December 27th, 1908 and Dunstable “Dunny” Ramsay was retreating back to his home in Deptford, Ontario, after a long day of sledding with his lifelong friend and enemy Percy Boyd Stauton. The two boys were fighting over an altercation involving the speed of their sleds and Percy was pelting snowballs at Dunny as he scampered home. Just as ran past the Dempsters, Dunny ducked to avoid an oncoming snowball, leaving the pregnant Mrs. Dempster in the path of Percy’s rapidly approaching snowball. His aim was impeccable, and he managed to knock her off her feet and into the snow screaming in pain. The ordeal caused her to enter premature labour, which called for the swift aid of Dunny’s caring mother. She helped the town’s doctor deliver Paul Dempster prematurely.
2. The negative words and expressions stated in Farewell to the Cork are as listed: ineffable jackass; a senile, former worthy who has stumbled through forty-five years of teaching armed only with a shallow; patronizing, dismissive; had never risen to the full stature of a man, donkey, false naïveté; he is also a schemer, self-seeker, traitor, Judas, crook and a villain; false as harlots’ oaths, and disgusting self-love. According to Dunstable, what is missing from the farewell tribute is the mention of his ten books, because they greatly dignified him as a man. He made believed the books to be his greatest achievement because they were greatly successful around the world and he achieved a great feat.
3. The setting of Fifth Business takes place in the small town of Deptford, Ontario, far away from Toronto. What Robertson Davies reveals about...
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