Marguerite has obviously been deeply affected by her wartime experiences. How do you think it shapes her peacetime attitudes?
The novel is very evocative. What does the author do to create this sense of time and place across several decades and locations.
Marguerite becomes a teacher after the war and helps a great many children. What do you think it takes to become an inspirational teacher?
Discuss the title of the book – does Miss Carter win the war that she fights?