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317 tc 5. Brigid by Mary Lavin

317 tc 5. Why do you think the author does not reveal the name of Owen's wife?

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Owen's wife is an outside antagonist who represents an idea rather than a person. The idea that the mentally challenged should be locked up, out of site and out of mind. Owen thus isn't merely struggling against his wife but against strong societal pressures.