One-minute review: the narrator, the husband, knows his wife’s (Ethel’s) every move, every action, but he does not know or understand her motives, her emotions. She’s a handy device to have around. He can’t understand that she wants more for herself and her life than her marriage and the kids.
Dr. Trencher falls in love with the narrator’s wife. He doesn’t try to hide his love for Ethel—and the narrator accepts that as he accepts his wife[s presence and routine activities. Dr. Trencher’s attentions bring to a head Ethel’s wasted emotional life and presents possibilities for something more than her present routine. But this crisis passes and her routine goes on.
The narrator still does not understand.
Quote: “ ‘Why do I cry? Why do I cry?’ she asked impatiently. ‘I cry because I saw an old woman cuffing a little boy on
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