What does Anne witness through the attic window?  

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The attic window offers Anne a chance to connect, albeit remotely, with the outside world that she loves so much.  One of the sights available to her through the small window is that of the dock on the river and the bargeman's family.  The couple has a baby, one whom Anne has delighted in watching grow over the course of her confinement.  The baby has only recently just started walking, and Anne confides her fear that the baby will accidentally fall off the dock and into the water.  Anne might see him fall but would be unable to help save him; her imagined helplessness in this situation really speaks to a larger issue the novel; Anne feels that life is passing her by.  She longs to be an active participant, but the necessity of her situation forces her to remain isolated, an uninvolved viewer only.