What keeps the man and woman together?

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The man and the woman in Katherine Anne Porter's short story "Rope" are going through a stressful point in their relationship. It seems that they have only recently moved to the country, and the woman in particular is finding country life trying. She is irritated with her husband for returning from the store without one of the small pleasures she had been looking forward to, namely, coffee. However, there are flickers of a better relationship between the two of them under different circumstances. The man rubs his wife's shoulder, remembering that "when they were playful," she would "arch and purr" in response to such treatment. This is not how she is behaving now, but the husband knows that this is not always her way.

As the argument continues, it becomes clear that the two have communication difficulties. The woman once told her husband that her...

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