The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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Why doesn't Hapsy come to her death bed in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"?

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The text does not explain why Hapsy does not come to Granny Weatherall’s deathbed, nor does it tell us where Hapsy is. However, toward the end of the story, when Granny asks her daughter Cornelia to "call all the children in," away from what she thinks is a brewing storm, Cornelia replies by saying that "Mother, here we are, all of us." Afterwards, because she is in the throes of death and is quite delirious, Granny thinks that Lydia is Hapsy.

According to Cornelia, all of Granny’s children are assembled at her deathbed. However, Hapsy is not in their midst. This could mean that Hapsy is not within reach—most likely she is already dead. The latter possibility is encouraged by Granny’s own thoughts as she struggles against death. She thinks that she might "see Hapsy again." The text states that "she makes a long journey outward looking for Hapsy" and is worried that she just might not find her. Also, it is worth noting that at the beginning of the story, when Granny is a little stronger, she makes no mention of Hapsy while talking about her children: she says that she is still quite young, since Lydia, John and Cornelia all sought her advice. Later on, she asks Cornelia when Hapsy, George, Lydia, and Jimmy will arrive. She knows that, out of everybody, it is Hapsy that she'd really like to see. As such, Hapsy could have been somebody very dear to her—possibly a daughter or a great friend.

Granny Weatherall has various hallucinations, some of which involve Hapsy. In one, she recalls the time when Hapsy was about to have a baby, and then she immediately sees Hapsy by her bedside in a...

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