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Josh Barnett Eng. 113 Jones 9/29/05 The Glooming When someone is on their deathbed, regardless of if they are elderly or ailing from a deadly illness it can cause relationships to morph in many ways good, and bad. In Alice Elliot Dark’s story “In the Gloaming”, it touches on this subject in a poignancy so vast it beckons a deeper observation into the relationships of a family dealing with illness. For the mother Janet and the son Laird their relationship became much like it was when he was younger. Janet says “He became sweeter, the way he’d been as a child” (95). Since her son was reduced to merely nothing, and was incapable of doing anything for himself, their relationship reverted back to the way things were when Laird was a child. Dark writes, “ She responded to his needs, making sure there was a fresh, clean set of sheets ready when he was tired, food when he was hungry. It was what she could do” (99). Janet enjoyed the time she spent with her son, although she despised the
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