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In the story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," at the beginning of the story Granny...

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muclesed | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2007 at 4:08 AM via web

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In the story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," at the beginning of the story Granny Weatherall says to the doctor I am on my feet now morally. What does this mean?

please explain what she meant. The story is by Katherine Anne Porter.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 16, 2007 at 12:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Isn't that a tough one? I actually came back to this question several times before deciding sure, I'll take a swing at it.

I would say that line has two meanings. First, it is meant to be a cranky old woman saying something to get the guy to leave her alone—to let the doctor know that even if she is sick, her morale is fine (like she's run the words together).

On a symbolic level, I would say that Granny's saying something much more profound: that she has found her balance in the ethical world, after a life in which she's had reason to fear and doubt.

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