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Compare and contrast the characters Sam Carr and Mrs. Higgins from "All the years of...

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Posted May 17, 2007 at 2:20 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the characters Sam Carr and Mrs. Higgins from "All the years of her life."

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 17, 2007 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Sam Carr owns the drugstore where Alfred works. He is smart and patient. He's aware that Alfred Higgins is stealing from him and confronts him about it. Although he is stern with Alfred, he doesn't yell at him. He speaks to him calmly and comes across as tolerant and kind. He doesn't call the police; instead, he calls Alfred's mother.

On the outside, Mrs. Higgins seems like a strong, friendly woman. Inwardly, however, she is a weak person who is almost at a breaking point because of her children. When she meets with Sam, she's friendly, charming, and dignified. She convinces him that she will handle the problem with Alfred stealing. She appears to be devoted to Alfred, but she's also aware of how he acts and feels he causes her too much trouble. When she's alone with Alfred, she tells him in an angry voice that he has embarrassed and shamed her. Mrs. Higgins is a very different person than the one she projects publicly.

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