In Mary Freeman's stories, "The revolt of Mother"  what is the nature of the triumph of the female character and how is this triumph achieved?

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By reading the story, one comes to understand that from the very early days of Mother's marriage, Father has been promising to build a new house for the family.  Together, they even picked out the perfect spot of land, and Mother waited patiently for her husband to fulfill that promise.  Years passed, children were born, and the current house became too small and full of little inconveniences that Father either ignored or explained away.  However, when Father announced that he planned to build a new barn...on the promised spot for the new house...Mother was absolutely irate.  She did not show her anger to Father, however.  She waited patiently, watching the progress of the new barn as it went up, and plotted her move.  When Father and the other men went to get the livestock that would fill the new, beautiful barn, Mother moved into it.  She took over the new barn as if it were the new house Father had promised for so many years and never made a reality.  What could Father do upon his return except accept the truth?  It was the perfect, non-violent, and under-the-radar rebellion.

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