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Written by Julia Wolf
Ellen (Granny) Weatherall
An 80-year-old woman, who being at her deathbed is ruminating about her life. She is somehow disoriented and weak because of the illness. Memories from past haunts her and make her pain. She has four children she has raised by herself, because her husband had died long time ago. As to her personality we may say she is rather harsh and direct, which must be a mark of the hardships she had experienced.
Granny’s daughter, who takes care of her. It is Cornelia’s house where the granny passes away. Granny herself says that Cornelia is too dutiful.
Man who had stoop granny up on the day he was to marry her.
Deceased husband of granny.
Granny's doctor. Thus she considers him a schoolboy and does not accept his seriously he does his best to help her to meet death painlessly.
Granny’s daughter, and it seems that she is not alive.
Another granny’s daughter.
Roman Catholic priest who comes to give Granny the church's last rites.
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You have a lot of questions here. I can give you a general answer. Granny is dying and is having a surreal semi-conscious experience. Much like her past, Granny feels disconnected with her experiences in her final days.
Granny’s last name, Weatherall, suggests that she has experienced hardship in her life and has been able to "weather her storms". She seems resilient and stubborn. Perhaps this is why she is able to live so long!