In what way does the mother of the narrator in Tess Gallagher's "Lover of Horses" feel her daughter was stolen?
Several characters in the story "The Lover of Horses" by Tess Gallagher are considered `stolen.` This word does not indicate theft as in that of physical property, but rather theft of affection, as when one refers to a person `stealing` someone`s girlfriend or boyfriend.
The first stolen character is the great-grandfather who is stolen away from his wife and 11 children by the dancing horse. The narrator`s father, although not as involved with actual horses, has a similar lust for a life of alcohol, adventure, and gambling, which steals him from his family. The daughter - narrator has to make a choice between following the constricted life of her mother or the wild but self destructive ways of her father. She is `stolen` from the mother in the sense that the vibrancy of her paternal heritage steals her away from her mother`s lifestyle and makes her begin to emulate her father.
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