In the first paragraph of The jilting of Granny Weatherall what does the writer tell about Ellen Weatherall?  

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Ellen Weatherall is stubborn and even a little combative. "She flicked her wrist neatly" out of the doctor's fingers as he is attempting to examine her, and she "pulled the sheet up to her chin," essentially refusing to allow him to continue with his examination. She is unwilling to compromise or listen; it is Granny's way or not at all. She even thinks of the doctor as a "brat" because he is so much younger than she and, in her view, seems to think of himself too highly, "doctoring around the country with spectacles on his nose!" Such a thought seems to indicate that Ellen is very old and set in her ways, unable to recognize that the doctor used to be a child but has since grown up, gotten an education, and become qualified to medically attend people. She tells him to "take [his] schoolbooks and go," again indicating how stuck her mind seems to be in the past; she is indignant and does not see that he is a qualified expert who means to help her rather than an upstart child putting on airs. In fact, she is the unreasonable one here, not he.

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In the first paragraph, we only hear from Ellen and the doctor.  The author doesn't really tell us anything, but we can infer a great deal.  This is a story of the feisty 80-year pioneer woman who refuses to die before she tells her jilting lover what she thinks of him.  At the beginning of the story, Ellen Weatherall is in bed and the doctor is standing over her.  She tells him he is too young to be her doctor, and she also says nothing is wrong with her.  Granny is in denial.  She knows death is coming but she continues to argue that she is well.  She is too weak to wave goodbye, but she doesn’t like the doctor and Cornelia talking about her.  She is negative, argumentative, and in her own way scared of the death that is coming for her.

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