Two Lonely Women

Two Lonely Women

The two stories “The Bedquilt” and “A trip for Mrs. Taylor” are written by two different authors who present the same theme of loneliness that people tend to feel once they reach an old age. In each story the same theme is discussed, but with two very similar characters who deal with loneliness, and resolve the problem by their own different ways. The story “The Bedquilt” introduced the audience with an elderly woman who lived with her brother, and was a burden to him. With the amount of chores assigned to her daily, she rarely received any attention from her relatives in the same house that they all lived in. After her distinct idea on a design of a quilt, things became more positive for her, and her loneliness seemed to have faded away for the first time in many years. She eventually completed a piece, which gave her attention, first from her family, then eventually from the entire town. Her true escape began when she finally got out of the home and to the fair, where she won her deserving award delighting and exciting her viewers and her relatives. The second story, “A trip to Mrs. Taylor” introduced the audience to another elderly woman with a very upsetting past; who also seeks the opportunity to escape loneliness. The author of this story added more details to describe every excitement the main character witnessed, from the people she interacted with in the street car to the crowds at the railway station. The main character is so thrilled from escaping loneliness; she detailed her adventures and captured them in her memories so she can always revive them when she heads home. She successfully met other people and made friends with a young mother, where she interacted and became a “babysitter” of a baby boy. To truly show the loneliness in the elderly woman, the author intended its audience to believe that the elderly woman was taking a vacation to see her son in Montreal, but as it tur…


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