A Mother in Mannville Questions and Answers
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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From lines 33-44 of “A Mother in Mannville,” what can you infer about the boy from his reaction to the narrator's praise?

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In Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' short story "A Mother in Mannville," the narrator recounts her relationship with Jerry, a young boy from the orphanage near where she rents a cabin for a time.

Rawlings tells this story in such a way as to leave the readers many opportunities to make inferences. In lines 33-44, the narrator has left the state for the weekend, leaving her pointer dog Pat in the care of Jerry. She is delayed in returning due to fog, and during this section of the text, Jerry is assuring her that he took care of the dog even in her extended absence. He says: 

"'The superintendent said nobody would drive in the fog,' he said. 'I came just before bedtime last night and you hadn't come. So I brought Pat some of my breakfast this morning. I wouldn't have let anything happen to him.'

'I was sure of that. I didn't worry.'

'When I heard about the fog, I thought you'd know.' He...

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