What are the characteristics of the mother in her present state in "The Leap"?

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In Doris Lessing's "The Leap," the daughter describes her mother as graceful as she has always been, although she can no longer see.

Because she suffers from "encroaching cataracts," the mother is blinded in her old age. Yet, she never knocks so much as a light magazine to the floor, and she gracefully walks through her home in New Hampshire, running her hands lightly over knickknacks and books and walls.

She has never lost her balance, or bumped into a closet door left carelessly open.

Anna of the Flying Avalons, a husband and wife trapeze act that worked blindfolded, is still able to perform in the dark. Now, instead of dropping through the air and grabbing Harry Avalon's hands or leaping from a tree bough onto the roof of a house in order to save her daughter from encroaching flames in her bedroom, the mother continues her life bravely and blindly. But now, it is only her own life that she saves from falling.

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