The theme of death is always a sorrowful one; however, the happy environment painted around this sets a strong contrast in this piece. This must be pointing forward, a hint to the inside world of the main character, her true, honest feelings and thoughts.
I especially liked the following expressions: 'the delicious breath of rain' and 'crying his wares'. In the first one, the mixture of taste and smell creates a very imaginative feeling in me. In the latter, the word 'crying' reminds me of the main theme of grief, but at the same time expresses something different: the peddler is working hard, yelling to the crowd in order to sell his wares.
Once I read 'free', I finally understood what the feeling creeping to her was. In the past women got married to men because of several different reasons and love was usually not involved. I can see a woman who appreciates her husband and acknowledges him as a kind man – but is not truly, passionately in love with him. Husbands 'owned' their wives in those days, women were thought of more like property.
(A very strong play written about this theme and how a woman realizes this and breaks free from it is Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Very nice play, read it if you have the time.)
Excellent twist at the end: they explain her death with 'the joy that kills,' even though the truth must be the opposite: she died because she lost her suddenly acquired freedom too quickly.
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