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The social wrong that occurs in this story is the suicide of the two main characters. One might say that it is a murder-suicide, since only one person is driving the car.
Jeff and Jennie Patton are in the summer of their lives. Five of their children have died before them, Jeff has had a stroke, and Jennie is blind. It is becoming more and more difficult for them to keep up their farm. As Masterplots notes, "they share a state of constant grief and anxiety." The only way out for them is to take their own lives. So one summer morning they dress in their best clothes and drive off. Jennie seems to have a change of heart, but Jeff assures her they're doing the best thing:
He knows that they have fully considered their fate, and that more reflection would merely lead to the same, inevitable conclusion. They both know that life has become intolerable, and would only get worse.
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