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Prisoner of the past

Sometimes people hold on to events that happened long ago and are never quite able

to forgive people who have hurt them. The focus of their everyday life is tainted by

these long ago events and they lose sight of things that are going on around them.

In  The Jilting of Granny Weatherall , Granny Weatherall is trapped in the past and

cannot appreciate the people surrounding her in the last moments of her long eventful

In this story, Granny Weatherall is bedridden and lives with her

daughter Cornelia who is trying very hard to care for her eighty-year-old mother.

Cornelia is trying to treat her mother well but Granny does not see this at

all. Granny thinks that Cornelia is making too much of a fuss over her and treats her like

a child. In reality, Cornelia knows that Granny's time has come and is trying in every

way to make her mother's last moments meaningful and filled with love. Granny

Weatherall is bothered by the little things that Cornelia does or doesn't do that don't fit

in with they way Granny herself would do things. She considers Cornelia weak and

dutiful and unable to make the smallest of decisions. Granny is not aware of the

fleetingness of the moment and even thinks she may go back to live in her own home

where "at least there she can have peace and rest. 

But instead of peace and rest, Granny's mind is cluttered with thoughts that span the

globe. One moment, she is thinking about all the things that are "left undone  and make

her want to "roll up her sleeves and put this whole place to rights again.  She drifts in and

out of awareness of her surroundings and up, around, and through her life. She thinks of

her children and longs to see them. Especially the child that she misses the most, Hapsy.

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