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kairisamone | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM via web

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What Washington, D.C. landmarks do Jess and Miss Edmunds see in Bridge to Terabithia?

Books take you to new places and allow you to revisit familiar spots. What Washington, D.C. landmarks do Jess and Miss Edmunds see?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Miss Edmunds and Jess go to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Gallery, but on the way they see a number of other famous landmarks as well. Among these are

"the Lee Mansion high on the hill...Abraham Lincoln looking out across the city, the White House and the Monument and at the other end the Capitol."

Although he lives little more than an hour away from the nation's capitol, Jess has never been to Washington, D.C. He has seen pictures of the famous landmarks there in books, and is surprised that the photographs are so accurate in the way they depict the sights. Jess is able to recognize most of them immediately, just from having seen them in the books he has read.

After spending the bulk of their time at the National Gallery, where Jess is mesmerized by the beauty of the artwork exhibited, he and Miss Edmunds go to the Smithsonian, "to see the dinosaurs and the Indians." He is fascinated by the miniature scenes of past history displayed there, and feels a mixture of appreciation and dread at the violence of a tableau of Indians butchering buffalo below a terrifying cliff. All in all, Jess is completely absorbed in what he experiences in Washington, D.C. His day is perfect, not only because of the sights he sees, but because he gets to spend the day with his favorite teacher, Miss Edmunds (Chapter 10).

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