Compare and contrast the wife and husband’s ways of grieving. How are they similar, and how are they different? Cite evidence from the text.

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The wife's response is to honor her son's memory by looking back:

He saw her from the bottom of the stairs
Before she saw him. She was starting down,
Looking back over her shoulder at some fear.
She took a doubtful step and then undid it
To raise herself and look again.

In looking back, she holds on to the memory of her lost son. She looks longingly at his small grave, no doubt recalling the times she nursed him, held him, and comforted him. The wife believes there is honor in the remembrances.

The father, however, wishes to move forward. His wife accuses him of not caring about...

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