What happend to the black phones and why?

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After Homer's mother returned home with his dad from the mine accident, she laid him down in bed and simply walked downstairs and ripped the black phone out of the wall and threw it out into the yard.  She then walked upstairs and tore the other black phone out and...

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After Homer's mother returned home with his dad from the mine accident, she laid him down in bed and simply walked downstairs and ripped the black phone out of the wall and threw it out into the yard.  She then walked upstairs and tore the other black phone out and sent it hurtling outside to join its mate.

It would appear that she had simply reached a breaking point after begging her husband not to go down into the mine and him overruling her wishes again, because he simply had to go down.  After he emerged with a smashed up head and eventually having lost an eye, she's had it with the mine and with his involvement in it.

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