From the description of Phoenix what do you conclude about her economic condition? How do you know that she has taken the path through the woods before? Is she accustomed to be alone? What do you...

From the description of Phoenix what do you conclude about her economic condition? How do you know that she has taken the path through the woods before?

Is she accustomed to be alone? What do you make of her speaking to animals,and of her imagining a boy offering her a piece of cake? What does her speech show about her education and background?

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Given how happy she is with her two nickels, it seems safe to assume that Phoenix is quite poor. Also, she doesn't pay for her grandson's medicine; it is marked "Charity" by the nurse. Further, she wears a "red rag" tied on her head, rather than a hat, and wears a dress made of "bleached sugar sacks."

We know she has taken this path many times before because she knows the way by heart. Her eyesight has become poor, but she still can keep to the path. She says, "Up through pines . . . Now down through oaks." When she comes to the log laid across the creek, she says, "'Now comes the trial' . . . Then she opened her eyes and she was safe on the other side." In addition, the title tells us that the path is "worn," and we learn from the doctor's office that she comes every so often for the "soothing" medicine for her grandson.

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