Why do you think Adoniram has never built a new house in "The Revolt of 'Mother'"?

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As the husband in Mary Wilkins Freeman's short story, "The Revolt of the Mother," Adoniram Penn spends most of his time away from the main house--in the barn, in the fields and with the farm animals. Work is the main focus of his life, and the time that he spends inside his house is minimal. His domestic needs are not as strong as his wife's; Sarah, meanwhile, spends most of her time cooking and cleaning, and her desire for a new or refurnished home is strong. Adoniram also does not understand his wife's needs nor the extreme determination that she will display in this matter. He has either forgotten or discounted the promise he made that one day he would build her a new home, and it is only after he has returned to find the new barn transformed into the new house does he realize the depths of his wife's passion for it. 

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