Also, what do you think is the purpose of the "knowing glance" exchanged between mother and son during the initial scene of the story?
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He wasn't in any pain because he was dead.
In the huge new cemetery, some two miles distant, the old people buried their dead, and came back to a house steeped in shadow and silence.
But the days passed, and expectation gave place to resignation--the hopeless resignation of the old, sometimes miscalled, apathy.
The Monkey's Paw