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Dreams of Dead Womens Handbags by Shena MacKay 1 Dreams of Dead Womens Handbags The title has rather contradictory words that leave the reader with no clear explanation regarding its meaning Why are handbags - not just a particular one but of dead women in general - the subject of a dream To dream of something means to indulge in day dreams or fantasies typically about something greatly desired whereas to dream about something means to experience dreams during sleep One can dream of a better life of becoming successful etc but to dream of dead womens handbags is rather unusual A dead womans handbag can offer some clues regarding its owner It is said that one can know about a woman by looking into her purse Usually womens handbags are very intimate and what they carry inside them are things that they need or things that they cherish The kind of things a woman puts in her bag and even the way in which they are arranged shows a lot of her character Once dead a womans identity is imprinted in the bag she used to own it is all there is left from the time when she was alive Dead womens handbags have stories to tell 2 It was a black evening bag sequined with salt open-mouthed under a rusted marcasite clasp revealing a black moir silk lining stained by sea water The incipit is formulated in such a way that it looks like an answer to a possible question such as What kind of bag was it The author begins the story with the description of a black evening bag sequined with salt Black and evening create an atmosphere of mystery and together with the adjective dead from the title contribute to the mood of the story The noun sequin denotes a small shiny disc sewn as one of many on to clothing for decoration Sequined with salt refers to the way
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