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The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

by Ezra Pound

Women and Femininity Quotes

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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.

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