She was not
going to be able to go to college, and anyway no college course required such a
full plate. Why was she doing it? Did she have any plans? (27)
The idea that there should always be
an end goal to learning implies that learning is only useful when it leads to
something concrete. Do you agree with this, or is learning for the sake of
learning just as valid?
Even the man
in charge of all learning in that place did not believe that learning had to do
with life. (30)
It sounds like the high school
principal might have lost his "passions" a long time ago if he thinks
like this. What kind of learning is generally perceived as useful? Does
learning have to do with life?
He would be
handsome, like Maury. Passionate, like Maury. Pleasurable physical intimacies
would follow. (65)
Everything happens pretty much as
Grace hopes, yet it isn't enough. She doesn't love her Prince Charming, which
is an important part of the equation, and also one that is not really fleshed
out in fairytales very often—a woman's own capacity to love and desire, rather
than simply be rescued.
</em>In those days, it was enough money to
insure her a start in life. (317)
You could argue that the check is just
as much a reflection of the Traverses' hopes as it is a representation of Grace's
decision to keep living her life.