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In the Waiting Room

In the Waiting Room

by Elizabeth Bishop

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Quote #4

What similarities—
boots, hands, the family voice
I felt in my throat, or even
the National Geographic
and those awful hanging breasts—
held us all together
or made us all just one? (77-83)

The magazine makes a huge impression on Elizabeth. When she asks herself the big questions about humanity, she doesn't just include people from her real life, like her Aunt. She also includes the people from the magazine. She's never met them and she doesn't know much about them, but the magazine gives her access to another whole part of humanity. The people in the magazine are human, too.

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