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M. T. Anderson

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Feed: Part 3: Observe the Remarkable Verdure Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The next day, Titus drives to Violet’s house, noting the beautiful Clouds™ in the sky. Violet’s neighborhood is hundreds of miles away, and Titus notices that it has “just one sun for the whole place.” All the houses are “old and flat.” Inside the house, there are “words everywhere.”
Violet’s neighborhood is evidently less upscale than Titus’s own (although, by 21st century standards, one sun seems like it should be enough). The house is full of “words”—probably books—which Titus, who can barely read, has no use for.
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Violet introduces Titus to her father, who uses complex vocabulary that Titus can’t understand. Titus notices that Violet’s father carries an old version of the feed on his back, making him almost hunchbacked. Titus tells Violet’s father that he and Violet will be driving through the country. Violet’s father also makes “little chirpy noises” and says, “observe the remarkable verdure!”
Violet’s father seems to want to celebrate language’s complexities before they die out altogether. Titus’s inability to understand Violet’s father suggests how remarkably different Violet’s upbringing was from his own.
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In the car outside, Titus tells Violet that her dad is “something.” Violet explains that her father thinks language is dying, and therefore tries to celebrate it. She also explains that her mother is in South America—Violet’s parents were never married.
Violet continues to open up to Titus about her personal life, even as Titus sometimes seems more interested in products than in her.
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