Willard Pretty Dog is the first and only man to whom Ida ever tells her life story. Ida tells Willard the many unhappy stories of her past, an event that is similar to Christine's divulging her history to Elgin and then Elgin's deserting Christine. Note that Ida becomes her own listener, as though her life story is someone else's and she is merely a spectator to the telling: "As I listened to my own story, I lost the control of its interpretation. I heard it as a tale on the radio, so sad it deserved applause and a trip to Florida." The phrase "a trip to Florida" demonstrates that no matter how hard her life is, at least Ida retains her sense of humor.When Willard unknowingly demeans Ida while she, his mother, and Willard discuss his future
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