What does Nettie Struther represent to Lily?
One answer might be that Nettie represents the continuity of life outside individual suffering and conflict. Lily's life is over, but there is a new child in the world to take her place. It is not the rise and fall of individuals as portrayed in the rest of the book; it is the circle of life and death. Another answer might be that Nettie's marriage represents Lily's lost chance at being loved by someone who is totally accepting of who she is: Selden. Nettie's husband knew about her difficult past, and wanted to marry her and give her some security in life despite this knowledge. Selden always offered the same, and Lily...
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