I Stand Here Ironing

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Three major themes of the short story "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen.

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  • "I knew Emily hated it even if she did not clutch and implore "don't go Mommy" like the other children."
  • Past Is Unchangeable
  • "I used to try and hold and love her after she came back, but her body would stay stiff, and after a while she'd push away."
  • Love Never Fails
  • "Where does it come from, that comedy? There was none of it in her when she came back to me that second time, after I had to send her away again."
  • Talent Will Prevail
  • Ha! That's hilarious!
  • "We were poor and could not afford her the soil of easy growth. I was a young mother, I was a distracted mother."
  • "She comes back in, [and] kisses me."
  • Ha ha ha!
  • "She began to be asked to perform at other high schools, even in colleges, then at city and statewide affairs."
  • Bravo! hee hee!
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