In the jilting of granny weatherall how did she describe her life after her husband died?. In the recall in the book Literature the readers choice
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Granny describes her life as one of hardship and hard labor. She did the work of husband and wife..... but she raised her children, and she was proud of that.
Why, he couldn’t possibly recognize her. She had fenced in a hundred acres once, digging the post holes herself and clamping the wires with just a negro boy to help. That changed a woman. John would be looking for a young woman with a peaked Spanish comb in her hair and the painted fan. Digging post holes changed a woman. Riding country roads in the winter when women had their babies was another thing: sitting up nights with sick horses and sick negroes and sick children and hardly ever losing one. John, I hardly ever lost one of them! John would see that in a minute, that would be something he could understand, she wouldn’t have to explain anything!
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall