Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: The Learning Resource

Twelve: L’Envoi. The Train to Mariposa

L’Envoi closes out Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town with an imagined train ride back to Mariposa from the city. Unlike the rest of the book, there is little humour in the closing narration. It is a reflection of shared humanity and how almost everyone has roots in “the little Town in the Sunshine that once we knew” (191).

Reading Questions

  1. What are the three definitions of home for the narrator?

  2. In the crowd on the train, how is the narrator able to determine who is from the city and who is from Mariposa?

  3. Why is the narrator nervous about returning?

Kindliness and Humour

Deeper Understanding

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