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THE DOLL: "Nothing Hurts for Long"

Please use this thread to discuss the story "Nothing Hurts for Long".

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I felt sorry for the waiting wife in this story (I don’t think we were told her name).  She was so eager for her husband to come home and spent time preparing only to have him arrive late, criticize her hair, and having already eaten dinner.  It seems that the author is foreshadowing that the wife’s life will be May’s life in eight months.  I am sure the wife can’t help but make the connection herself.

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I had a slightly different reaction to this story (but I'm not saying that it is better than yours).  Where you saw foreshadowing, I saw the power of suggestion.  Although the husband was rather insensitive and dashed the excitement that his wife had for his homecoming, I'm not sure he did or said anything suspicious.  But because of what the wife had heard about May's situation, which seemed to have parallels with her own, magnified by her worry during the wait when he was late, she suspected that the same thing might happen to her.  It may not happen at all.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

I had a slightly different reaction to this story (but I'm not saying that it is better than yours).  Where you saw foreshadowing, I saw the power of suggestion.  Although the husband was rather insensitive and dashed the excitement that his wife had for his homecoming, I'm not sure he did or said anything suspicious.  But because of what the wife had heard about May's situation, which seemed to have parallels with her own, magnified by her worry during the wait when he was late, she suspected that the same thing might happen to her.  It may not happen at all.


I think the idea of the power of suggestion is a very valid interpretation, especially given the final story, which I haven't quite finished yet.

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At least, this is what the author wants us to do; i.e. . make the connection between May's situation and the one of the characters of this short story. And then, we shall wonder...