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It seems like everyone in this story is worried about what their neighbor thinks. Even Alexandra eventually worrys about what people think of her. Everyone knows everyone's business. Does anyone else believe that this worry goes on today like it seemed to in this book? Maybe I can relate to this situation better because I am from a small community also. What do you think?

-- Anonymous, March 23, 2000


I definitely think that people still care about what neibhors think, especially in a small town. I came from a small town too, and everybody knew everybody. They knew if someone was sick or on vacation. At the bank the teller would ask about my family, they knew who my parents were and would have gladly told them about somthing questionable they saw me doing, if they did actually see me doing it. It's like everywhere you go, people watch you and take an interest in your life. It must just be a part of the human spirit, because this kind of situation has been around for a long time.

-- Anonymous, March 24, 2000

I think this same thing still happens today. I am from a small town also. This same type of thing goes on every day where I live. It's like everybody needs to know everybody elses business. I can't speak very well for the bigger towns, but I see the same thing still going on where I live.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I agree with everyone in saying that small town life is none other then a towns life not your own life. I came from st.paul and every one there knew my life, even if i went on vacation like other had mentioned. I contribute it to no one has anything better to do then get there nose in someone else's stuff and blab it all over the town. eventually people do worry about it cause you have no idea what some one saw, and who's going to hear about it next.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2000

I think that Alexandra did not really care what her neighbors thought of her. I think that she was just happy to be running a successful farm. One of the reasons why i believe this is because of the fact that she let the town's social outcast, Ivar, live on the farm with her despite what her family, friends, and neighbors say about him.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2000

I agree that in the small towns you can not keep anything between just two people or even with yourself, because people just snoop and want to know what is going on with everyone else. It is a small town nothing else to do but see what other people are doing or what they have done, they just get in other peoples business. I do not think however that in the story that Alexandra really worries to much of what others think of her until later I think it does get to her a bit.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2000

There is a big difference in small towns and big towns. I think that in small towns everyone thinks that they have to be in everyone elses business. However in big cities it isn't like this at all. Maybe that is because it is to big and you can't keep up with everything. But it is a big part of small town people's lives, who is doing what and with whom. It has always been like this and I think it always will be.

-- Anonymous, April 03, 2000

This problem definitely goes on today like it did then. I think it seems bigger in a small town because everyone knows everyone else and their business. BUt it can even occur in a larger town, maybe with a certain community. Even in the news we deal with having to know someone's private life, when it really doesn't concern us or change us. yet we feel the need to know.

-- Anonymous, June 12, 2000

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