Why I Live at the P.O.

by Eudora Welty

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In "Why I Live at the P.O." what are the things that Sister takes with her when she leaves the family home?

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At the end of Eudora Welty’s short story “Why I Live at the P.O.,” Sister storms out of her mother’s house, taking several items with her. She had finally had enough of her family’s behavior and decided she’d be better off living at the P.O. Sister took the following items with her to the post office: the radio, the swing machine motor, the calendar, a thermometer, the Hawaiian ukulele, watermelon-rind preserves, every jar of fruit and vegetable preserves she’d made, tacks out of the bluebird wall vases, and the kitchen clock. Her actions show both how angry she is and how petty she is being by taking the thumb tacks out of the wall vases. However, being the unreliable narrator and character she is, this behavior is not surprising.

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