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Unformatted text preview: So begins the last Chapter of the novel. Ida, of course, is referring to Christine and Lee, but the statement could just as well be about Christine and Ida, who, from Lee's birth onward, fight over which one of them should care — and cares more — for Lee. When Christine was small, Ida worried that Clara would return and reclaim her. Now she must fight Christine for Lee's attention. "She believed she held the house together by the force of her will," Ida exclaims about Christine. Paradoxically, then, Christine acts independently as Ida wants her to, but at the same time Ida resents this same independence and forceful will. Chapter 20 is more about Christine and Lee than about Ida, who appears to be the passive follower of her two children. To a great extent, because her childhood was ripped from her the moment she assumed responsibility for Clara's pregnancy, Ida lives her life through her children. "I followed in assumed responsibility for Clara's pregnancy, Ida lives her life through her children....
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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