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Which two lines in this excerpt from “Inge’s Wall” suggest that Inge was envious of the people on the other side of the wall?

The wall was just a few feet from the home Inge shared with her parents. Aside from her school and other crumbling buildings in their neighborhood, their world was a few rooms in a dull, gray concrete flat with no yard and no trees. The wall was part of the view from the only windows they had, and Inge was drawn to the sounds she often heard from the other side—laughter, shouting, music, and the noise of busy traffic.


One day, as she explored the wall imagining what the sounds meant, she came upon a hole. Her heart thumped wildly as she leaned toward it. Through the hole, Inge caught a glimpse of a whole new world. It was a world of color—reds, blues, and yellows in the dresses of women strolling down the street, the colors of the shirts and ties the men wore, the colors of the ribbons in the little girls' braids. It was a world of people who did not begin and end each day in shades of gray. It was alive and brimming with activity, with living. Inge leaned, transfixed by the view, for hours until she began to feel the strain in her back and leg muscles. Then, pulling herself away, she headed home, knowing she would return again and again.


One fall day in 1990, as Inge headed for her favorite spot in the wall, she noticed that the towers from which the guards viewed her neighborhood were empty. And she noticed something else: she was not alone. Others, mostly young men with a mix of other people, some of whom she recognized were at already at the wall or moving toward it.

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  • Answer:

    1: It was a world of color—reds, blues, and yellows in the dresses of women strolling down the street, the colors of the shirts and ties the men wore, the colors of the ribbons in the little girls' braids

    2: It was a world of people who did not begin and end each day in shades of gray.

    Explanation:

    Envy is an emotion which is characterized by desires for having those qualities, possessions or lucks of other people. It is opposite of generosity and contentment.

    The first line shows that Inge's life lacked colors and freedom, so she was attracted by people's dress colors, and the freedom and leisure with which they strolled down the street. The second line shows that Inge's life was boring and each of her day began and ended dull so she looked enviously at people outside the wall who did started and ended their days full of life and brimming with activity.

    There are many lines in this excerpt from "Inge's Wall" which suggest that Inge was envious of people on the other side of the wall. Some other lines suggesting the same are;

    Inge was drawn to the sounds she often heard from the other side—laughter, shouting, music, and the noise of busy traffic.

    It was alive and brimming with activity, with living.

    Inge leaned, transfixed by the view, for hours until she began to feel the strain in her back and leg muscles.

    She headed home, knowing she would return again and again.

  • Answer:

    1. It was a world of people who did not begin and end each day in shades of gray.

    2.  The wall was part of the view from the only windows they had, and Inge was drawn to the sounds she often heard from the other side—laughter, shouting, music, and the noise of busy traffic.

    Explanation:

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