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In "A Mother in Mannville," why does Jerry lie about having a mother?

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Jerry is an orphan, and so it's inevitable that he keenly feels the lack of a mother. That being the case, it's understandable that he should lie about having one. He's using his rich, vivid imagination to fill the mother-shaped hole that lies at the heart of his life.

It's a well-known psychological phenomenon that children will often invent imaginary friends as a way of dealing with their fears and anxieties of the outside world, and that's pretty much what Jerry's doing here. Most children find life hard to deal with at some point, but for a young...

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