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terapuo1 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2009 at 11:55 AM via web

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Does this story have a happy or sad ending?  

Does this story have a happy or sad ending?

 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 11, 2009 at 1:23 PM (Answer #2)

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This story, in my opinion, has a happy ending.  At the end of the story, the narrator of the story discusses how she waited at the mailbox day after day for Chris' letter that she never got.  However, she began talking to the postal deliveryman each day, who eventually became her husband!  If she had not gone through the heartbreak of her experience with Chris, she never would have developed the relationship with her future husband, the postal deliveryman.  The narrator says:

When she stops meeting him every day and waiting for the letter that never arrives, he calls her, tells her he has missed her, and asks her to a movie. Edie sums up their entire relationship in the last two sentences of the story, saying they dated for two years and then married. (qtd. in eNotes)

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2009 at 3:03 AM (Answer #3)

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Does this story have a happy or sad ending?  

Does this story have a happy or sad ending?

 

I think it's more than a happy ending--it's a very satisfying ending in this way. The best part of the conclusion is not that Edie finds her husband; it is why she finds him. When Chris doesn't write or come back for her. Edie makes an important decision. She decides that she will take responsibility for her own life. She chooses not to be a woman who waits around to be rescued. She chooses to move on and make her life happen, which it does in a very nice ending. Edie learns a lot about life and about herself in the story. It's also nice to know that when Edie is grown up and has her own home, she has a washer and dryer as nice as Mrs. Pebbles' had been. She deserved them.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2009 at 1:24 PM (Answer #4)

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This is one story that I think many people can relate to on a personal level...it's a happy ending, but not too sappy, and it gives those of us who have not yet found that special someone a little hope for the future.

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