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"The Better Part of Valor" chronicles the 13-day siege of the Alamo fortress in 1836 through the eyes of its commander, William Barret Travis, and Caroline Girard, a woman whose life would change forever one fateful day in March.
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Plot & Themes

The enemy is...    -   Mexicans Kind of story?    -   defending against enemy Love/Sex?    -   Conflict bringing two lovers together Who is good, who is bad?    -   Whities good    -   Mexicans bad Who is tough/wimpy, smart/dumb?    -   Men tough    -   Women tough

Main Character

Gender:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?    -   Yes


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Where does story take place?    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Time book takes place in:    -   19th century

Writing Style

overall quality of this book?    -   10 Person    -   mostly 3rd How much gore?    -   3 () How much suspense/how unpredictable?    -   5 () How much action?    -   5 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Happy ending?    -   tragic How much dialogue/talking among characters?    -   9 () How much non-dialogue descript of thoughts & feelings?    -   8 () How much romance?    -   8 () Is there a theme to the dialogue? (optional)    -   discussion of society/group    -   planning a course of action    -   verbal fencing with characters    -   discussing nature of environment Non-dialogue thoughts/feelings primarily about: (optional)    -   thoughts about society/group    -   thoughts for/about others    -   thinking about plan of action Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   2 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   Dry-cynical    -   eccentric personalities Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military


Fight for freedom    -   Yes Fight for freedom from:    -   tyrants Fight for freedom by:    -   armed force

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