- Why did Lee never fully unpack before now?
- Notice, via Adam's obsession with ice, that Sam Hamilton yet lives, and will likely live eternally.
- There is great potential irony in a business plan regarding refrigeration, especially in the context of a book that has one family of immortals and another family recently resurrected.
- It comes out: how does Will really feel about his father? Also, it is very easy and natural for a reader to highly idealize both Sam and Tom; look at it from the other side, and instead of villainizing Will, defend him.
- Is Will right? When people ask advice, do the really only want the advisor to agree with them?
- Adam's smile here after the news of the lettuce reminds me an awful lot of the smile he wore after gaining freedom from his wife.
- The whole episode of the lettuce makes me uncomfortable the way a situational comedy makes me uncomfortable. In such a comedy, I know what's going to happen, and there's nothing I can do about it, and if the victim only followed sound advice to begin with, wasn't quite so stubborn, and possessed an only slightly greater portion of intelligence--which intelligence every reader of this book believes he/she possesses--it wouldn't happen! But there's an issue of fate going on here. Was Adam fated to lose this investment? Whether yes or no, how does this play with the themes of the book, especially that of Timshel?
- As Adam is deemed a fool, how might he feel about being a "fool like Sam Hamilton?"
- Dad fails and Aron moans and groans, and the trouble leads him to second guess everything about his father, including his love. Dad fails, and what will Cal do, if his personality indeed dictates his actions?