Tears, Idle Tears by Elizabeth Bowen

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In "Tears, Idle Tears," how does Mrs. Dickinson feel about her son?

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Mrs. Dickinson is clearly a woman who finds it particularly hard to engage with her emotions. Consider what we are told about how she responded to the death of her husband and in particular the way that she shut herself off emotionally and did her best not to express any emotion whatsoever. Her emotional detachment makes it particularly difficult for her to understand her son and why he keeps on crying. The story...

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