The monologue in "I Stand Here Ironing" seems to have been prompted by a telephone call from Emily's college counselor, part of which is quoted in the second paragraph.
"I wish you would manage the time to talk with me about your daughter. I'm sure you can help me understand her? She's a youngster who needs help and whom I'm deeply interested in helping."
The remainder of the monologue is taken up with memories of the harsh life of the woman who is doing the ironing and has...
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