Relationship between the magistrate and barbarian girl Hello, my english assignment is to ask myself a question and answer it according to the book. I asked myself, what is the relationship...

Relationship between the magistrate and barbarian girl

Hello,

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?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This link to a summary might help you. http://www.enotes.com/waiting-for-barbarians-salem/waiting-for-barbarians. If I understand your question, the relationship between the barbarian girl and the magistrate is complicated. He cares for her (meaning physically takes care of her), but is still basically still her captor. She forces him to face the reality of his situation, that he is just as complicit as those who hurt her.

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