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Study Guide for Chronicles of the Girl in the Window
By Linda Settles Zebsokey
Sunday, November 09, 2008

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For those who enjoy symbollism and allegory--I'd love discussion of your ideas on interpretation of this story.





Study Guide for Chronicles of the Girl in the Window


Chronicle I


1. is the speaker

2. who is the girl in the window?

3. who are the monsters?



1. does the speaker feel about the girl?

2. does the girl feel about the speaker?

3. do the speaker and the girl communicate?



1. is the prison

2. is the speaker in relation to the girl?



1. is the significance of the crimson chair?

2. is the significance of the key?

3. does the speaker want the girl to do?



1. is the girl in prison?

2. doesn’t she use the key?

3. isn’t she listening to the speaker?


Chronicle II


1. are the wolves?

2. did the speaker want to do?

3 did the speaker mean by: “that would have spoiled the whole plan, wouldn’t it?”

4. is the “foul thing” breathing down the speaker’s neck?



1. does the girl lose her fear of the wolves?

2. does the girl refuse to look at the speaker?

3. won’t the speaker turn around?



Chronicle III


1. caused the “awful stench?”

2. or who was the pest?

3. does this tell us about the world outside the window?

4. is the speaker missing and longing for?

5. is the key really made of (if not brass)?



1. did the speaker fashion the brass key?

2. did the speaker bind himself by certain laws?



1. did the speaker bind himself by the laws?



1. do you think the girl’s first siblings were?


Chronicle IV


1. stole the key?

2. went to Sheol to retrieve the key?

3. set the prisoners free?



1. did the son risk by entering earth through the womb of a woman?

2. happend while the “lights went out”?

4. does the speaker mean by his claim that the key is in the hand of every human being?



1. must the girl believe in the power of the key if she would be free?

2. was the key broken into billions of pieces?

    ( hint: When Jesus broke the bread at his last supper with the disciples, he said, “... this is my body which was     

    broken for you  II Corin 11: 24 NIV)



Chronicle V


1. do the ones who looked into the girl’s window represent?

2. does the white bird represent?

3. does the Father address in the conclusion and what does he tell them to do?



1. threat crouches just below the window level out of sight of the viewers?

2. does the “thing” do that prevents the girl from trying to get past it?

 (hint: Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, "Now the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah have come. For the one who accuses our brothers, who accuses them day and night in the presence of our God, has been thrown out. Rev 12:10 NIV

3. do the viewers say about the “monster.”?

4  .intensified the girl’s desire to be “out there?”

5. is the significance of the girls blood (wounding) on the brass key?

    (hint For as the Messiah's sufferings overflow into us, so also our comfort overflows through the Messiah.NIV)




1. was the dragon afraid?

2. does the girl spend a lot of time visiting others in prison?





The window is our will.


The key is salvation through faith in Christ.




Symbolism of brass: the nature of Christ/ JESUS' Nature - Brass (Bronze) was a combination of two metals, copper and tin. It was used in the construction of the Altar of Burnt Offering (or Sacrifice) ( Exodus 30:39), the laver (Exodus 30:18) and the pillars, pins and the sockets of the court (Exodus 20:10), also the sockets for the pillars of the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle itself (Exodus 38:18-19). All the the instruments for the Altar of Sacrifice were also made of brass. (Exodus 20:18-19) The symbolism: Brass (Bronze*) was a melding together of two metals (copper and tin) we need to look at both of these for the symbolic meaning. Fine copper was classed as being as precious as gold (Ezra 8:27), therefore its symbolic meaning is the same as gold, which is faith and love, heavenly riches. In Isaiah 1:24-25 the Lord says that He will "take away all thy tin" and as he will be taking away our sin this gives the symbolism of tin as sin. When Jesus came to this world He combined HIS divine nature with our human nature so that they could not be separated (as the two metals in brass can not be separated). HE was fully divine and fully human (copper = divine nature; tin = human nature).


Scenes played out in the dragons eyes:  accusation/guilt made the girl afraid to get out of her chair






















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Reviewed by John Coppolella 11/12/2008
I will go to the links you mentioned. Did you have a particular age group you were aiming at here? What was the message that you intended to convey at the end, in case the reader was not a believer?

How could you better construct things to lead one down the Roman road with this story? The study guide is a capital idea! I think you need one for the student and one for the teacher, which you obviously are here, considering your mastery of the subject matter. I think you have the roots of a masterful story, if you will allow the reader to a few more moments of discovery before "throwing the dog a bone."

Make us work for it, by providing timely dialog and clues that eventually WE can put together at the end. You had me right up to the end Linda! A good story you wrote for sure. Rockie Coppolella

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