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The Rough Crossing

F. Scott Fitzgerald uses several notable symbols in the story. The most prominent one is the title itself, with the storm motif that carries through the work. The Smiths' marriage is a troubled...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of “The Rough Crossing,” celebrity playwright Adrian Smith, his young wife Eva, and their children board a luxury cruise ship for a six-day voyage from New York to Europe....

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021, 2:10 am (UTC)

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Symbolism in "The Rough Crossing" is characterized by the prominent motif of stormy weather. This recurring symbol represents the development of Adrian and Eva Smith’s marriage over the course of...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2021, 12:07 am (UTC)

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The first paragraph of "The Rough Crossing" describes the sights, sounds, and sensations of the transition from ship to shore. The final sentence of this paragraph reads: The past, the continent,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 10:01 am (UTC)

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Adrian Smith is a minor celebrity, a successful Broadway playwright, and an extrovert. He initially appears to be as relieved as his wife to be leaving New York, but even as he expresses this...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020, 7:27 am (UTC)

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Adrian Smith is a playwright and a minor celebrity. Though he is not very famous, he is accustomed to being recognized, and the hero worship of Betsy D'Amido is neither surprising nor disagreeable...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:25 am (UTC)

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There's a slight clue to Eva's feelings when we're told that she feels that Adrian's public manner has hardened toward her slightly. This is just after Adrian has finished his deck tennis match...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:27 am (UTC)

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Miss Elizabeth D'Amido, or Betsy for short, is a very pretty young lady who embarks upon a brief fling with Adrian Smith. Inevitably, this wreaks havoc on his marriage to Eva, who knows exactly...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:44 am (UTC)

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Eva Smith and Betsy D'Amido are both described as young and beautiful. However, they have quite different styles of beauty. Eva is blonde and is said by Butterworth to look like a Greek goddess,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:42 am (UTC)

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When Eva opens the door to her state-room, she's astonished to discover a ship's steward sitting on her bed. Far from being startled, the steward stares at Eva listlessly, making no effort to get...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:04 am (UTC)

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Eva never actually says that she wants a divorce from Adrian. But after she discovers that he's been cheating on her with Betsy D'Amido, that's certainly the direction in which the Smiths' marriage...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 9:53 am (UTC)

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