Higher than the soul can hope, or mind can hide

Those are the words spoken by Edwin as Cole is recovering. What does Edwin mean by saying this? Do you think that Cole will live? What will get in the way of him surviving this attack?
At the end of chapter 9, Cole shows concern for the baby birds. In class, we discussed how this is unusual behavior for Cole. Just a few pages earlier, he was angry at the birds because the mother bird was caring for them. Why is Cole suddenly showing sympathy? Is this a glimpse at the new Cole? Or has Cole lost his chance?
In the novel, Garvey has Cole taste a series of ingredients: salt, eggs, butter, flour, water, baking soda, and molasses. Cole eats all of the ingredients, trying to prove to Garvey that he is tough. Next, Garvey has Cole try a slice of cake. Garvey explains to Cole that all of the ingredients that he just tasted was used to make the cake. After Cole eats the cake, Garvey asks him, "What ingredients should I have left out?"(29).  Cole doesn't understand why Garvey is having him try the slice of cake after eating all of the odd ingredients, or what point he is trying to make. Reread this section in the book. What point do you think Garvey is trying to make? How do you know?
In class, many of you have commented that Friar Lawrence keeps getting in the middle of everything and hurting already negative situations. Why is Friar Lawrence so involved in Romeo and Juliet's love life? Is he helping or hurting the situation?
Friar Lawrence and Juliet have devised a plan with the hopes that it will result in Romeo and Juliet being reunited. Will this plan work? What are some problems that can get in the way? Are there any hints as to how this story will come to an end?
From the moment Juliet and Romeo met, they were consumed with one another. The title of this blog is a comment made by Juliet after her first meeting with Romeo. Now, the plot has taken an unexpected turn: Romeo is banished, Juliet is arranged to marry Paris, and Friar Lawrence is caught in the middle. As we began to read Act IV, I ask you to questions the decisions made by Friar Lawrence and Juliet? Is Juliet right to fake her death? Is Juliet making a mature decision, or is she simply acting on emotion? Could a plan such as this be justified in our current society?
Act three begins with so much conflict that the reader almost forgets about the romantic love between Romeo and Juliet. Romeo's response to Mercutio's death is unpredictable and almost uncharacteristic. Did you expect Romeo to respond in this way? How do you think this will impact the relationship between Romeo and Juliet? Will the Montagues and Capulets every find common ground?