Archive | Afton Discussion Questions

Love of Place, 1.0

Have you even fallen in love with a place, or just liked it so intensely, that you wanted to spend as much time there as you could, even DID spend as much time there as you could? What about it appealed to or healed or called to you? Describe the place and its appeal to […]

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Fantasy Lovers

Leslie Willoes imagines the unknown woman who comes to the Afton in the Spring of 1991, as his Lady. He projects onto her all sorts of possible facts about her life and interests and reasons for being in that precise spot just after the heron has returned, or “a” heron has come, to that spot […]

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Favorite Natural Places

There are so few truly “natural” places left in the world, if what we mean by “natural” is unaffected by human presence or activity. Best-selling author and climate activist Bill McKibben wrote 26 years ago in The End of Nature that with the possible exception of the ocean floor, no above ground place on the […]

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Two from Carol

Carol Penick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Spiritual Director in Winston-Salem NC. She is also a dear friend and a “love of Afton” since the beginning. From time to time I will offer for discussion, questions Carol thought pertinent from her professional perspective as healer of distressed minds and souls. ———————————————————————————————————— “Awake, O sleeper, […]

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Gender and Power

In the first two chapters of Afton we meet Hannah Walker, tied to the bedside of her domineering lawyer husband, Clayton Jackson Walker, escaping from death watch to the quiet and ineffable beauty of the Afton River side, and Leslie Willoes, tied, it would appear in Chapter Two, to his life-long love for that same […]

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