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Here's a fun little question. Is it likely or at least possible that the title Staggerford is reflecting what was said in class about this type of small town not welcoming change very readily, that it's sort of "Staggering Forward"???
-- Anonymous, April 17, 2000
That is a very interesting thought. I think the Staggering Forward theory does describe the town very well. The town never changes much it stays about the same size. When someone moves in someone moves out so therefore it doesn't grow. I live in a small town and I can see how it doesn't want to change because of the traditions it has come accustomed to. Outsiders are welcomed but if they don't fall in to the order of things I think they could very easily become outcasts. Towns like this don't change very much.
-- Anonymous, April 19, 2000
I think that is a very good possibility! Authors have many different and creative ways of making titles, some have very little significance, and others do. I think that it is very possible that the author named this town, that just can't seem to get over the fear of change, Staggerford as a way of saying that this little town is "staggering forward", and not making much progress. I like your idea!
-- Anonymous, April 21, 2000
I think that is the best explanation for the title of the book. I never even thought of that and know that you have put that idea into my head, I totally agree. I think that Staggerford is staggering forward and I agree. Staggerford is a basic small town with set ideas, and traditions. Traditions they are not ready to change. Amelia you are BRILLAN
-- Anonymous, April 26, 2000
That is very clever! And you are absolutely right. Staggerford is a town that will stay in the same place as the rest of the world is changing. I completely understand how a town like this works.
-- Anonymous, May 03, 2000