In the story, Granny said, "What was it? Something not given back...." What wasn't given back?

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In her moments of dying, Granny tells Cornelia that she wants to send a message to George or would like to see him. She wants to prove to him that, even though he jilted her, she was able to move on and be with a husband she loved and bear children that she adored. She wants to prove to him that he has not hurt her so badly.

However, in a moment of panic, she realizes that something was "not given back," and her breath "crowds into her ribs." What was taken away from her forever is not specified, but it is some sense of innocence or happiness that could never be restored after she was jilted. Though she moved on and made new relationships, her...

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