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Gail Godwin's short story "A Sorrowful Woman" depicts the life of a woman with a terminal illness in her final stage of life. The short story opens up with the wife looking at the husband and her child describing the husband as "durable, receptive, gentle; the child a tender golden three. The sight of them made her so sad and sick she did not want to see them ever again" (33). The statement of the wife portrays the sense that she is resentful for the husband's health. The word "durable" exposes to the reader that husband is strong and the wife begrudges him and the child, for she is ashamed and it pains her to see them healthy as her health is depreciating.
A pivotal point to the insight of the story comes when the wife after going on a yelling rampage tells her husband "If only there were instant sleep" (33). The aspect of the wife's illness begins to take shape with her words to the husband and saying, an "instant sleep" as she yearns for an instant end on her life and to the misery she is putting her family t
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