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In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," which characters mentioned in the story are...

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In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," which characters mentioned in the story are mainly figures from Granny's past?

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM (Answer #1)

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Granny Weatherall recalls Hapsy, her favorite (and youngest) daughter. Granny begins to conflate remembrances of the past and the present. At one point, she even thinks she is Hapsy. She seems to connect to Hapsy in a symbolic way: 

She seemed to herself to be Hapsy also, and the baby on Hapsy's arm was Hapsy and himself and herself, all at once, and there was no surprise in the meeting. 

Granny also remembers George, the man who left her at the altar. This is the source of the original "jilting." When Cornelia asks if there is anything she wants, Granny thinks that she would like to see George. She wants George to know that, despite what he did, she had a great life. "Tell him I was given back everything he took away and more." 

Granny remembers her father who apparently lived to be 102 years old. Granny also recalls John, the man she married. He has been dead for a significant amount of time. She wants to show John how well the children have turned out. But then she thinks if John came back, he wouldn't recognize her because so much time has elapsed and because she has changed. 

Why, he couldn't possibly recognize her. She had fenced in a hundred acres once, digging the post holes herself and clamping the wires with just a negro boy to help. That changed a woman. 

 

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