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From the title, readers learn that George is the lover who jilted Granny when she was young. Obviously her memory of him is acute because she felt publicly humiliated by this desertion on her actual wedding day. Her concern with George indicates first of all her sensitivity and inability to forget the deep pain (paragraphs 49, 61), but it also indicates her sense of recovery and self worth, inasmuch as she wishes that George be told (paragraphs 42, 56) that she got along well without him.Throughout the story the jilting, and the parallels between the earthly and heavenly bridegroom, are linked in Granny’s mind (see especially paragraph 61). The metaphor of Jesus as a bridegroom is established in various New Testament passages. That the bridegroom appears on neither her wedding nor her death days is, with this linking, an extreme disappointment—both an earthly and a spiritual jilting—especially because a priest is present in the house on both occasions to witness the pain and embarrassment of her humiliation.
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