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  • Guests of the Nation

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  • The Guest

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    Daru, a teacher at an isolated school in Algeria, is given the task of transporting an Arab prisoner to the police in the short story The Guest. He is conflicted about turning the man in, as he refuses to take sides in the conflict between France and Algeria. Faced with the choice of delivering the man or not, Daru decides to let the prisoner choose for himself. He shows the prisoner the way to the police and the way to freedom. The prisoner ends up deciding to turn himself in.

  • The Houseguest

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  • Ordinary People

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    Ordinary People is a novel which tells the story of the Jarrett family, who are having a difficult time coping with the death of their oldest son Buck the year before. Their other son, Conrad, is severely depressed and having trouble relating to his parents. When both Conrad and his father Calvin begin seeing a psychiatrist, they are able to resolve their issues with themselves and with each other. Conrad's mother Beth is ultimately unable to do the same, and leaves the family.