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3. Why does the suitcase lady talk about 'drapes and carpets, castles and kings' in the...

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kale123 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 3, 2010 at 7:35 AM via web

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3. Why does the suitcase lady talk about 'drapes and carpets, castles and kings' in the following textzz ?...plzz help!!


Out of her past come a few scraps: a mother named Savaria; the child of a poor family

in Montreal; a brief marriage when she was 20; a son in Toronto who is now 40. "We

never got along well because I didn't bring him up. I was too poor. He never call me


She looks out the window. She is 60 years old.

With her words she spins herself a cocoon. She talks about drapes and carpets,

castles, and kings. She often lapses(fallz) into French. She lets her tea get cold. Her hands are big, rough, farmer's hands. How she ended up in the doughnut shop remains a mystery, maybe even to her.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 3, 2010 at 7:44 AM (Answer #1)

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To me, the key to this is where it says that she uses these words to "spin herself a cocoon."  The words are things that she is using to insulate herself from the reality of what her life is.

This woman is homeless, of course.  This means her life is surely very hard.  So she talks of things that are really from another life altogether.  By talking about those things, she is able to distract herself from the problems that go along with her real life.

Does that make sense to you given your reading of this piece?

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