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English
Course
ENG100H1
Professor
Ray Maher
Semester
Winter

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The Fox Monday, March 7 , 2011 Part X Henry tells Banford March has agreed to marry. Henry's eyes change from blue to black with rage. When Banford dismisses as a lumber jack, a beastly intruder March calls Henry and Banford “two antagonists” and seems to enjoy this antagonism. Part XI Henry sneaks up to Banford and March's bedroom and hears Banford saying Henry will use March and desert her if he can't get the farm. He wants to bully and master them. Part XII Henry decides to kill the fox. He hears the dogs “making a fence of sound like the hedges netting the view.” England is constructive, and the fox has no chance. Part XIII March's second dream. Banford is dead – her coffin will be the box holding chips and her head will rest, inappropriately, on the dead fox's brash. Part XIV March examines the fox. She says it is “incomprehensible, out of her range.” She again notices the teeth that bite into the blood. Her expression (“shy, virgin, grim, matter-of-fact and shrewish”) puzzles Henry. Banford: “If he weren't such a thief she could pity him.” Later March sees a “crucified fox.” Part XV Banford humiliates Henry – he has no clear wedding plans. March is startled when Henry informs her they will live in Canada. Henry feels March is in league with Banford: “She will stoically mock at everything he says and at the world.” He is afraid of her “dangerous satire.” Part XVI Henry watches Banford, carrying chrysanthemums, returning from the village behind a hedge of hawthorn trees. Banford has iron breasts, but March's workman tunic hides he's sure, soft breasts “like some perilous secret.” Part XVII Henry is surprised March is wearing a blue-green dress. He suddenly realizes she's “accessible” and the grave weight of male responsibility descends on him. He has moves from boy to man. “Her young man's graceful figure piqued him.” Part XVIII Henry succeeds in convincing March to marry him before he returns to Canada at Christmas. But March first says they are fools. Henry warns her not to laugh at him when he's serious. Part XIX Henry leaves for camp but shows no emotion as he departs from March. She has nothing of him when he's not physically near her. Part XX March writes a letter telling him she prefers the “sensible” Banford. Part XXI He
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