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What is the summary of "Snapshots of a Daughter" by Adrienne Rich.

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This poem consists of ten parts in which two women are discussed, but they never talk to each other.  One woman is older, the mother-in-law of the second, younger woman.  It is clear that the women do not get along. 

The first four sections describes events that show this conflict.  The speaker describes the older woman as vain and superficial while she describes the younger woman as dissatisfied and "nervy".

The last six sections focus on the mind of the daughter-in-law.  As these episodes play out, the reader discovers that the daughter-in-law is, in fact, the speaker.  It is she who has been analyzing the relationship and criticizing them both.

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