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Goblin Market

Goblin Market

by Christina Rossetti

Stanza 15 Summary

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Lines 293-298

She no more swept the house,
Tended the fowls or cows,
Fetch'd honey, kneaded cakes of wheat,
Brought water from the brook:
But sat down listless in the chimney-nook
And would not eat
.

  • Laura stops doing her chores around the house.
  • The poet lists all the chores that she's not doing, the way that she listed in detail the chores that she and Lizzie used to do together back in Stanza 9.
  • Now Laura just sits by the chimney "listless[ly]" and mopes.
  • She also stops eating – not a good sign.

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