I want to know what you think about the possibility that in Jilting of Granny Weatherall, that Granny and George might have had sexual relations? It implies in the story that something more might...

I want to know what you think about the possibility that in Jilting of Granny Weatherall, that Granny and George might have had sexual relations?

It implies in the story that something more might have went on between them than just the jilting.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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It's doubtful that they might have, considering the period of time, but whether they had sexual relations is not what's important in the story. George could have left her for several reasons, but the fact that Granny Weatherall never knows the reason is more important. She feels she was never able to have closure for what George did because she never knows why. Just stop and think how you would feel if on one of the most important days of your life, your wedding day, the groom doesn't show. Now that she's facing death, she wants answers to the questions in her life, one of them being why George left her at the altar. Her feelings of betrayal, embarrassment, and self-doubt have never left her since that wedding day. It's also an important trait of human nature that we blame ourselves when something goes wrong. Does Granny ever stop to consider that maybe George was just a jerk who didn't want to marry anybody? More than likely, she asks questions such as, "What did I do wrong?" or "What's wrong with me?"

Why is Granny still consumed with this horrible event that happened sixty years ago? Father Connolly comes to visit her, and his visit brings back the painful memories of being left alone only with the priest when George didn't show sixty years ago. Being jilted had to make Granny feel unsure of herself, lowering her self-confidence and self-esteem. Then she feels jilted again when Hapsy, her favorite daughter, doesn't show up at her bedside. Perhaps she's also trying to come to terms with her own mortality, feeling that she's also facing death alone since her husband is dead, Hapsy hasn't shown, and the priest is unable to comfort her.

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akenned | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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This isn't likely - in the story Granny says "What does a woman do when she has put on the white veil and set out the white cake for a man and he doesn't come? . . . No, I swear he never harmed me but in that.  He never harmed me but in that . . . and what if he did?"  The phrasing is very much an old-fashioned euphemism for assuring (a father? another future husband?) that, though he jilted her, he did not leave her deflowered ("harmed").  He only harmed her emotionally by jilting her.

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