- What's the clear difference between Aron's situation, in which he is creating the girl he loves to be something other than what she is, and his father's situation, when he did the same thing?
- Those around him seem to believe that Aron needs to be pulled from the clouds. There's one sure-fire way to do it, albeit extreme and likely to result in permanent damage. Is there another way? Remember, in order to maintain parallels Steinbeck may very well need to kill Abel, and Cain's probably gotta have something to do with it, whether it's a literal of figurative killing. Regardless, why might a partial killing just not do?
- Why doesn't Lee want tell Abra the truth (and how does she trick him) the way he told Cal? He knows she can handle it. What is his cowardice (and a cowardice perhaps redoubled for his giving in to her wiles)?
- There's a sense in Lee already telling him what will happen regarding Cal's gift. He can talk to Cal and Cal will listen, yet he doesn't say anything more than he "hopes."
- "You'r crazy," said Cal. "Aron will knock that out you." // "Do you think he will?" // "Why, sure," said Cal. "He's got to."