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Unformatted text preview: She is crying because she is happy. She was “pressed down by physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach her soul.”(4) This news is so thrilling to her that she cannot bear to stand she has to sit in “a comfortable, roomy armchair” (4) If she had any grief she would not just be sitting in the comfortable armchair but probably getting rid of her grief by maybe beating up the armchair not lavishly sitting in it looking out her window at her new life ahead of her. I find it hard to find any support to the argument that Louise Mallard is actually grieving of the fact that her husband is reportedly dead. Nobody gets over someone dying that quickly. This is why I think she is crying because she is overjoyed at the shocking news....
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- Spring '08
- The Story of an Hour, Husband, Louise Mallard, Mike Vontobel Professor