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Why is Brian visiting his father in Canada, and how does Brian feel about his mother?

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gingerkid | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM via web

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Why is Brian visiting his father in Canada, and how does Brian feel about his mother?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 14, 2009 at 9:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Brian was on his way to Canada because his mom and his father were separated and getting a divorce.  Brian had mixed feeling about his mother.  He had seen her in a car with another man, beside his father, and he was angry at her because in his heart he felt that the divorce was her fault.  He loved both his parents, and wanted to visit his father, but what he really wanted was for them to be a family again.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 14, 2009 at 9:36 AM (Answer #2)

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Brian’s parents have recently divorced. Under the court order, Brian spends the school year with his mother and the summers with his Dad. His father is in Canada, and Brian is bringing him some special equipment to assist with his work in oil drilling.

Brian’s father doesn’t understand why Brian’s mother wanted a divorce, and he is opposed to it. Brian carries the uncomfortable burden of knowing that his mother is having an affair. His mother doesn’t know that he knows, and his father knows nothing about it.

Brian’s last time with his mother was a bit uncomfortable – he didn’t want to answer her questions about what was wrong, yet he wanted to make her happy by carrying the hatchet she had given him.

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