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Monday, November 13, 2006

Week 4 - Pat Asks You - Matt's Decision

Pat has a question for the all the participants this week about the ending of the novel. We don't want to spoil the ending for you so if you have not yet finished reading the book please wait until you are finished to read the responses.

Were you pleased or disappointed by Matt's decision at the end of the book?

Please answer this question by posting a comment to this blog entry by clicking on the "comments" link below this post. Please remember to use either your first name only or no name. Any comments with full names will not be posted. Thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was pleased with Matt's decisions at the end of the book. I think he would have been in a lot of danger if he stayed in Missouri. Jesse, staying behind in Missouri and becoming a bushwhacker, is in the danger that Matt escaped and then some. Because of this, Jesse really needed Salt and Matt's decision to leave the horse really shows how strong his friendship is.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous volleyballlover said...

My desition over what Matt has desided was good.If he stays in Missouri he will become a bushwhacker. I think that if he would have kept Salt he would have shown how much his friendship doesn't count to him. I am sort of glad with his desition.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous miss said...

I think Matt's decision was for the better. If he'd stay in Missouri he could die, but if he went to live with his grandfather he might have a chance to have a better and more fulfilling life.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that ever since his ma began sending letters with her parents that he was going to end up going, and what do you know, he did. Anyways, I think his decision was the right one. I can just see him with a much better life with his grandparents. Plus, it's obviously the right choice for the rest of his family, and since they don't want to lose him, I think he did the right thing in following them. The only thing that makes me sad, is that he'll be apart from Susie. Speaking of which, did the book ever say what happened to her and Jess' ma? Either I missed it, or I'm just dying to know.


7:43 PM  
Anonymous pat Hughes said...

Sugarpie -

Look on p. 328 of the author's note to find out what happened to Susie and her ma.

- Pat

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Matt made a good decision because his family really needs him. However I did feel that she could have included a little more about what happens to them once they move in with their grandparents.

~ student

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i was glad that Matt made the decision he did at the end of the book. I think he will be happier with it later in his life! The only thing I was dissappointed in was that he didn't even go to try to help Susie. That was kind of depressing.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so glad that Matt didn't go with Jesse to the Guerillas! I loved his character too much for him to end with violence. He could learn so much more hearing about the union side and seeing the different feelings. I did want to hear what happened to Matt and Susie- it just ended so quickly. I'll find out in the new books though!

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was kind of pleased with Matt's decision, though i was kind of sad that he didn't go break Susie and her mom out of jail..:) but i was very happy that he decided to go with his family.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Pat's question, Clay County today is much different than it was in 1863. Liberty is still here, and has one of the highest ranked school districts in the state. The rivalry between Jayhawks and Tigers is still around, though now they're college mascots. The first bank Jesse James robbed is now a landmark on the old town square.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clay County today does not resemble Clay County in the book. Things are a little different and there is not much farm land here. Some people have farms and ride horses but not many. Liberty has really changed.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clay County today is not like it sounds in the book. In the book it sounds like more of a country type of place and today it is more of a city. There isn't many farms or praries but instead there is buildings and schools. You can tell times have changed. Lastly the war could have made it sound differently than it looked.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Matt's decision was the right one because both he and his family will live a safer and happier life. If he were to stay in Missouri he might be killed. I am happy with his decision, i would have done the same in his shoes.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was pleased with Matt's decision to go up north because it seems that up there, in Pennsylvania, he'll be having a better life and also, he an still do the things that he loves up there. But after the war, I think that he should move back down to the south if his farm and everything is still there.

~MC Concertmaster

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am pleased with Matt's decision to leave Missouri. Though, I think it would have been nice if there was a little more written in the ending. Like on if Matt ever came back to Missouri, if him and Jesse ever meet up again, if Matt ever gets to see Susie again, or if Matt ever comes back to the farm again.

1:19 PM  

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