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Describe the character of the nurse

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In the story, the nurse is cold, detached, and apathetic. She is not especially friendly to visitors. It is clear that her indifference allows her to maintain her emotional equilibrium in her line of work.

The nurse is unnamed in the story, perhaps because she represents the quintessential no-nonsense health worker, one who must effect a certain detachment in order to maintain her professional efficacy. Essentially, the nurse is a sterile, institutional figure....

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