The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Questions and Answers
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What are Granny's circumstances in the story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"?   

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Granny's physical circumstances are pretty plain: she's eighty years old, near death, and in bed at her daughter's house, drifting in and out of consciousness.

Her mental state is a little more ambiguous. In her more lucid moments, she clings to her independent, feisty self image. She dismisses the doctor attending her, wanting to know where he was when she survived "milk leg" years earlier (not born yet!). She objects to the care her daughter is giving her, refusing to believe that she is seriously ill.

Slowly, it becomes clear that Granny is reflecting on her long life, and in particular how George, her first love, left her at the altar. This is a kind of secret shame for Granny—it's not clear if her children know about George—and one that has come to define her life. Despite her defensive feelings about the good life she had with John, the man she does marry, and the home they kept and the children they raised, Granny is nonetheless filled with a sense of unfulfilled longing for...

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