In Alice Munro's "To Reach Japan," what does the paragraph beginning "It’s hard to explain it to anybody now—the life of women at that time. What was okay and what was not" mean in light of Greta's actions? She is a poet: How troubling is the gap between her identities as wife and mother, as poet and artist?

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One could argue that the gap between Greta's identity as a poet—or "poetess" as her husband Peter's family insists on calling her—and as a wife and mother isn't really troubling at all. It only seems to be so for those who don't believe that women can be poets as well as wives and mothers.

Greta's referring to a time before the onset of the women's liberation movement, when...

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