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The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Summary

By Ezra Pound

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The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Summary

A lonely housewife hasn't seen her husband for five months, so she decides to write him a letter. In the letter, she recalls her first memory of their meeting. Then she recalls how she acted after they first got married—at the tender age of fourteen. Eesh. Then, when she was fifteen, the wife started to feel more settled in the marriage. But when she was sixteen, her husband had to go to work. While the husband travels and sells his goods, the wife tells him (through this letter) all the beautiful things he's missing and how she can't wait for him to get home.

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