Year of Wonders

1. The first impression of Anna is that she is a lost soul searching for something. She seems dull and has no happiness towards anything but also seems willing to help no matter what pain or sadness she has gone through. Anna seems to be a very timid girl who has faced more terrors then warriors. Mr. Mompellion is a broken man, he has lost his wife but the worst part is that he has lost his faith in religion. You can tell that he has gone through lots of suffering but has compassion towards Anna.
2. Brooks establishes the social and historical context through the mind of Anna. Through Anna we learn that the village in which they live has experienced immense trauma over the pervious year. The grassed-over paths and lack of traffic symbolizes new life and that the worst may be over. Anna introduces that Apple-picking time is no longer happy times; it is associated with the memory of death.
3. Mr. Mompellion in this chapter still feels that the village can beat the plague and still has his faith in God and his religion and is a much more brilliant young priest with much happiness and joy in his life. He has a lot of strength and will power to help others.
4. The meaning of Mr. Mompellion statement is that God is not pleased with the sinful ways of the people in the city and that he has sent the plague to punish them. Their voices added to God’s would not be heard over his enormous power and they would be silly to think that it would be, that is, God is all powerful and not pleased with the way people are behaving. He will punish them and he is doing it via the plague.
5. The significance of Anna’s statement is that she knows her kids are not going to survive the plague and she needs knowledge to be able to cope as a widow and by herself. Because she is scared and she feels that Anys knows how to live by herself and Anna wants to learn how.
6. We learn that in the 17th century they use different herbs to help heal the sick and the barbers were the surgeons because...