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How are Sam Carr and Mrs. Higgins alike in "All the Years of Her Life?"

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Posted April 22, 2008 at 11:17 PM via web

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How are Sam Carr and Mrs. Higgins alike in "All the Years of Her Life?"

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 23, 2008 at 1:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Mr. Carr and Mrs. Higgins both have an extraordinary amount of patience.  Neither one gets frustrated with Alfred or feels the need to "explode" at Alfred.  They each handle the situation with a quiet respect, showing their integrity and their humanity.  Mr. Carr is still willing to trust Alfred - he wants Alfred to learn from his mistake and improve.  Mrs. Higgins does speak angrily to her son, but like Mr. Carr, it is because she is disappointed in him and at her wits end.  They also have similar effects on Alfred, who is scared into silence by the way he has disappointed these caring adults. 

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