1. Think of three adjectives that would describe the old man's personality at the beginning of the story.
2. How does the old man feel about going on the journey to Wellington at the beginning of the story?
3. The old man feels comfortable in the town he lives in. How can you tell this?
4. The old man has mixed feelings about modernization and development. On the one hand, he admires it, but on the other hand he feels regret and sadness. Why does he feel sadness?
5. Why does the old man talk about the land as if it were human?
6. The meeting between the old man and the councillor at the City Council Planning Office is the crux of the story. This is one area of conflict. What does the old man want? What does the councillor want?
7. How does the old man feel at the end of the story?