What was Emily seeking from her mother in "I Stand Here Ironing"? What did Emily's mother fail to provide her?

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Emily's mother failed, through no fault of her own, to provide Emily with the bonding, attention, and support babies and children need. They were separated for long periods of time, and Emily finally stopped allowing her mother to comfort her. The mother wasn't there to tell Emily she was pretty when she felt she...

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