The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Questions and Answers
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In the story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," at the beginning of the story Granny Weatherall says to the doctor I am on my feet now morally. What does this mean? please explain what she meant. The story is by Katherine Anne Porter.

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Isn't that a tough one? I actually came back to this question several times before deciding sure, I'll take a swing at it.

I would say that line has two meanings. First, it is meant to be a cranky old woman saying something to get the guy to leave her aloneā€”to let the doctor know that even if she is sick, her morale is fine (like she's run the words together).

On a symbolic level, I would say that Granny's saying something much more profound: that she has found her balance in the ethical world, after a life in which she's had reason to fear and doubt.

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