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What did the author mean by saying that "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented" are "two halves of the same story"?

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The two opposite sides of a person are symbolized by the two musical pieces by Schumann. "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented" are companion pieces. June plays "Pleading Child" at her first and last piano recital. In the end, June realizes that the two musical pieces, "Perfectly Contented" and "Pleading Child" are two halves of the same song just as she (June) had two sides...

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