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by Katherine Anne Porter

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Why is Porter's story entitled "The Grave"?

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The title of Katherine Anne Porter’s story “The Grave” at first glance seems to be something of a misnomer. The story, contrary to the singular implication of the title, is full of graves. There is the grave of Miranda and Paul’s grandfather, on which the story opens. That single grave has been joined over the years by other members of the family in a cemetery plot on the family farm. At the time the story takes place, however, all of the bodies have been removed to the public cemetery, leaving behind in...

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