The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
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.
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?
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.