my english assignment is to ask myself a question and answer it according to the book.
I asked myself, what is the relationship between the barbarian girl and the magistrate.
So, what is the relationship? I don't quite understand it.
I didn't read the book, because he assigned two stories at once.
Could you tel me how the relationship started, and how it bloomed?
The girl is left an orphan and the magistrate wants to take care of her as an act of redemption for his town's cruelty. The magistrate is involved in an ongoing meditation on age and identity and the girl offers an intriguing figure to him, representing a youth, innocence and need for help which he feels he no longer possesses.
Later, he bitterly discovers he has retained these qualities.