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What does the snake mean in Susan's garden in "To Room Nineteen"?

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In "To Room Nineteen," Doris Lessing uses a snake biting its tail as a metaphor for the Rawlings' marriage: an image of something ineffectual, sterile, and utterly pointless. Later on in the story, as she begins her slow, tragic descent into insanity, Susan...

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