From that point on, the only way of speaking to each other they have is writing letters. 4. My impression of Buddy’s friend is that she is very young at heart, confident in her own personal beliefs. In the story, on the evening before Christmas, Buddy’s friend couldn’t sleep, just as Buddy couldn’t sleep. They both had the same thought process at breakfast time, only thinking of the gifts that they would receive (pg. 321) and not being able to sit still or eat. This shows to me as a reader that Buddy’s friend is very child-like.
She shows confidence in her own beliefs when she and Buddy go to find a Christmas tree (pg. 319). Another person offers to buy the Christmas tree Buddy and his friend found, but Buddy’s friend refuses, saying “There’s never two of anything. ” She also always talks about God and His influence in her life, especially at the end of the story, when she talks about seeing God in everyday events (pg. 322). 5. I think Buddy and his friend have such a good relationship for a few reasons. They are both treated in the same way at home: looked down upon.
The other inhabitants of the house view both Buddy and his friend as insignificant in a way, and they bond over this. For example, on page 317, when Buddy’s friend is yelled at for giving Buddy whiskey, Buddy comforts her, immediately making her feel better (pg. 318). Buddy and his friend also have the same mentality – they both act young and free, without a care in the world. Around Christmas time, they both travel to buy supplies to bake fruitcakes for others, some of the cakes being for people they don’t know, said on page 316.
They both go on adventures in nature together (pg. 312) as well. The main reason they are friends, though, is that in the house where they live, neither of them have anyone else that they can both relate to, with Buddy being so young, and Buddy’s friend having such a young heart. They both keep each other company, and fill the voids in each other’s hearts. 9. If this story were in a different time period, the main characters may have had a different financial situation, depending on the economy at the time.
More specifically, if the story had taken place in a city instead of it the country, the characters probably wouldn’t have been able to do all of the things they did preparing for Christmas, such as picking berries from trees or cutting down a tree. They probably wouldn’t have had such a good relationship with the other town members also, so they wouldn’t have known where to get whiskey. This shows that the factors of setting are very important in this story.