We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

  

by Ezra Pound

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Women and Femininity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #4

I never laughed, being bashful. (8)

Laughing seems to be the typical response to being bashful, but the wife seems to avoid laughing because it draws unwanted attention to her.

Quote #5

Lowering my head, I looked at the wall. (9)

The wife lowers her head and looks at the wall to avoid eye contact. Could this be a sign of deference to her husband? Or is she simply being stubborn and ignoring him?

Quote #6

Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back. (10)

If she is ignoring her husband, she's either resisting his romantic advances or simply his attempts to get her attention. She's empowered in these moments.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement