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“Self-Reliance” struck me as an interesting story to end with since most of the previous stories never ended with death. In the very beginning of the story, I had a feeling that the overall reason behind Cornelia’s actions of buying a quiet home in New Hampshire, becoming more in tune with her surroundings and nature, paying attention to small details most people never do, were all leading up to her grand exit. Yet, I didn’t know how she would do it, but when she did, it reminded of the ending from “Titanic”.

I did a little research behind this story because I was interesting in what the inspiration had been since it was the very last story of the book. After I found an interview with Edith online, everything about almost every story began to make sense. However, it also made me somewhat upset because the implication behind “Self-Reliance” is extremely sad.



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