What clues does the narrator's repeated lament, "what can one do?" give us a bout her personality? what conflicting emotions is she having towards her husband, her condition, and the mansion?
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The narrator feels victimized and forces to conform to her husband's view of the "helpless female". She is given no stake in her own condition. She feels pressured to relent to her husband's will. The narrator questions her husband's reasons and motivations for how she is treated. She, however, feels forced to relent to her husband's "superiority". Consequently, the narrator feels lost and emotionally drowning in the mansion.