Can someone give me a character sketch of the grandmother and an explanation on how she is beautiful even though sheis not pretty?
A explanation on the character of the lady and changes that had come about in her as the story proceeds
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The question pertains to THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY.
The grandmother is a prototype of all grandmothers. The author finds her very old, so old that she could not have been older. It was a revolting idea to him that she could have been young and pretty. Her physical description typifies her as an old woman who despite her age seemed happy and contented with her lot.
"She was like a winter landscape in the mountains, an expanse of pure white serenity breathing peace and contentment."
Her relationship with the narrator underwent a series of changes, but their love and affection for each other remained everlasting. Right from the time they lived in the village to their life in city, the narrator always found her to be pretty; not the physical beauty but the spiritual charm. Her love for the dogs in the village was converted to her affection for the sparrows in the city. When the narrator returned home from abroad she did not express her happiness in words or emotions but collected the neighbourhood women and sang the homecoming of the warriors.
Even her death was mourned by the horde of sparrows that had collected in the courtyard. They did not as much as touch the bread crumbs thrown to them but flew away quietly after her body was taken for cremation.
It is absolutely true to say that the grandmother was not beautiful but definitely pretty.
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