Roxanna, in spite of having goats in her bathroom, sets a pleasant and
cultivated table for the Land family. She makes Dad lean back in his chair
and smile over and over again while Swede looks often out the window,
growing the snowstorm in her mind so that they can be snowed in at Roxanna's
house. They learn a great deal about living independently from Roxanna
who, like them, had grown up motherless and by necessity, learned from
her father the principles of business. Her father had owned the local
movie theater and she had met some celebrities there, such as Dalton Trumbo,
whose name meant nothing to Reuben and Swede until they learned he had
written Reuben's favorite movie, Spartacus. To Dad - so long without
his wife - the particular formula of meal, woman, and conversation must
have seemed like a favorite hymn remembered. (pg. 182) This is the first
time that Reuben really thinks about his father being alone since their
Although the title of this chapter refers to Reuben's horrible dream
with its terrible asthma attack, for the most part, it is an......
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