Lefroy did not want to be at his aunt’s home in the first place and so he was bitter to the residents of that area from the time he arrived. He had an attitude about him that suggested he was better than those who lived there. Austen disfavored him because at their first encounter he belittled her and her work. Throughout their time spent together, Austen and Lefroy find themselves falling in love. They are both passionate, as shown in his choice of novels he suggests Austen to read, and her for utter love of the literature.
In the story "Story" by Lydia Davis their are many conflicts, complications, and crisis. The story focuses on a lady and what she is experiencing from her lovers sudden actions. The conflict she faces the most is that she is in trying to get in touch with her now distant lover. Her lovers behavior has changed from paying attention to her to ignoring and avoiding her. She has connected sex to love.
True to George’s original estimation, he will go through his life alone. Another character who suffers from loneliness is Curley’s wife. It is her sexuality that causes her loneliness. All the men on the ranch try to avoid her because they believe that women are always the cause of trouble. She longs to have someone to talk to, yet she gets restricted by her brutish husband.
It is only through dancing that the Munday sisters feel satisfaction and take pleasure in their lives. Dance being one of the main themes and this may be because the sisters live a very repressed life and stand by strict Christian rules. This point is also enhanced with the connection between Chris and Gerry as the audience become apparent of the emotions these characters share when they dance, and further on in the play all the characters especially Chris, soften to Gerry giving implication of the true and raw feeling they have for each other represented through their dance. Throughout the play the theme of dance continues especially with the characters of Chris and Gerry. Chris is apprehensive when Gerry turns up out of the blue but that soon all changes.
Alluding back to this quote, Wharton exposes these feelings for what they really are when Ethan's wife, Zeena, leaves him home alone with her caretaker, and cousin, Mattie for a couple days. In spite of this, Gabriel rebelled in a slightly different way. To expand, Gabriel didn't really appreciate his wife, Gretta, and often thought of leaving her. Yet, he stayed; for if he left, Gabriel would face the ultimate punishment, social isolation. Therefore, he caused turbulence with himself, because he was going against his true feelings to satisfy his lust and desire for a companion.
Throughout the novel Ethan is continuously drawn to Mattie, as she was much more attractive and friendly than Zeena. Ordered by Zeena to send Mattie away Ethan has to make a decision; either run away with the woman he loves or stay with the miserable woman he married. Torn between the two without money and the dreadful guilt to leave the sickly woman he is bound to by vows; on the night of Mattie departure they decided to kill themselves but the plan went terribly wrong, as Mattie became cripple and Zeena “miraculously” recovered and took care of them both. In “Ethan Frome” the theme silence plays a major role when describing the three key characters as they all are encased in their own silence: Ethan silent by nature, Zeena whom fell silent and Mattie young and new to a household who fell in love and unable to express it openly. When Ethan and Zeena had first met, "Zeena's volubility was music to his ears" (qtd.in Lauer 29), after his father’s death, his mother fell sick and silent for years.
Also, towards the end of the collection, Billy is confident enough to invite Caitlin and Old Bill to the river, suggesting a new start, a collective connection to each other, as if the water played a part in their coming together. Water has traditionally been used as a symbol of rebirth, cleansing, hope, life, nature, peace, tranquillity...Without water human beings would not exist. Also there is
THE AUTHOR AND HER TIMES: Edith Wharton was born in the mid 1800’s. By the time she was 23 she married a gentleman named Edward Robbins. Her spouse suffered a severe form of depression that kept them living exclusively in their house for many years. Their marriage was very troubled as Edith and Edward shared little in common. Due to these events it is widely speculated that Ethan Frome is close to being autobiographical novel as one can see through Ethan’s dissatisfaction towards his wife and situation.
There must be more money According to his mother, the families lack of money all stems from their tendency to be unlucky - his father is unlucky at making money and she is unlucky for marrying him. Paul asserts that he is different because God, apparently speaking through his rocking horse, told him so. He sets out to prove this to his mother while keeping his method strictly confidential. Only his uncle and the gardener are aware that he is posting bets on horse races. After Paul becomes successful, he set the impossible expectation for himself of retaining that luck and he finds he is unable to stop gambling, once started.
Waiting To Exhale has an oustanding cast. Each character has her own story to tell. Savannah played by Whitney Houston, the TV publisher, relocates to another state to start a new job and love affair with a married man. She debates on whether she wants to keep it going or stop it. Bernadine played by Angela Bassett, who was married for eleven years with two children, husband divorced her for a white lady has a difficult time dealing with her problems.