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Unformatted text preview: fortunes began to fail, so I devoted myself to sewing, and you helped me forget my sorrow and manage my household. She speaks here of her needle helping her get out of a depression to take care of her home after some type of loss of money. This woman did not have children therefore the loss of her husband only affected her and not children as well. Many people today also lose their spouse and look to other means of occupying their time and minds. Both women in the stories were strong enough to continue and keep everything in their households steady with the absence of their husbands. These were independent women who, as it seems, did not need to re-marry or have a man to continue with their lives. Today, women are just as strong to be able to a steady home without a man involved....
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- Spring '11