How is Mabel characterized?
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Mabel is “rather short, sullen looking” with a face of “impassive fixity” (paragraph 3). We are to understand that she has felt the loss of her mother deeply, but has appreciated the power of being mistress of the household for the subsequent ten years. She has developed no friendships with either women or men (paragraphs 95–97), and treats her brothers with contempt (paragraph 96). At the beginning of the story, she has nowhere to go, and has made no plans. Lawrence’s speaker stresses that she has reached the end (paragraph 98). Apparently she does not want even temporary residence with her sister Lucy (paragraph 12). She does not know where to turn.
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