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In Frost's poem "Death of the Hired Man," what do Warren's and Mary's different definitions of "home" suggest about their feelings towards Silas?

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Warren believes that

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."

In contrast, Mary calls home

"Something you somehow haven't to deserve."

Warren looks at everything in practical terms. He considers Silas a burden, observing,

"What good is he? Who else will harbor him at his age for the little he can do?"

Silas has also proven himself to be undependable in the past. At haying time, when Warren could have used the little help he could give the most, the hired man would go somewhere else where he could earn more than Warren could pay him.

Warren acknowledges that Silas is a good worker in some ways;

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