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What symbolism is there in "Why I Live at the P.O."?

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The P.O., or post office, where the character Sister works is symbolic. She works in a tiny post office in China Grove, in which her family is the main family. After deciding to leave home, Sister has redesigned the post office in the way she likes it, and she has placed the possessions she has taken from home, including her radio, ironing board, and sewing machine, into the post office.

Sister is a character who has disliked the intrusion into her life of elements from wider world, including her sister, Stella-Rondo, and the child who Stella-Rondo claims is adopted. Stella-Rondo left the town and has returned, much to Sister's dismay. It's ironic that Sister has taken up residence...

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