What we see again in these four chapters is that Esther

What we see again in these four chapters is that Esther -...

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Unformatted text preview: What we see again in these four chapters is that Esther's symptoms are being treated rather than her disease. Just as Esther's mother had urged her to go to school or do volunteer work or take up shorthand, and just as Jay Cee had urged her to do her editing tasks, and just as the old-style feminist professor had urged Esther to pursue a "career," now her liberated female psychiatrist has given her "humane" shock treatments and the latest insulin treatments. And now she has sent Esther off for the best contraceptive available. All this may help Esther to live, on the surface, more comfortably, but Esther's real dilemmas and real troubles are never confronted. The reader sees that there are only two short chapters left for Esther to find herself, for Esther to grow up, for Esther to begin to be well. Can she do it? Where are the resources to aid her in this task grow up, for Esther to begin to be well....
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