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A Test of Character The Jilting of Granny Weatherall a short story by Katherine Anne Porter describes the last thoughts feelings and memories of an elderly woman As Granny Weatheralls life literally flashes before her eyes the importance of the title of the story becomes obvious Granny Weatherall has been in some way deceived or disappointed in every love relationship of her life Her past lover George husband John daughter Cornelia and God all did an injustice by what Porter refers to as jilting This unending cycle of wrongdoing caused Granny to be a mixture of strength bitterness and ultimate fear as she faces her last moments in life Granny gained her strength by the people that she felt jilted by George stood Granny up at the altar He never showed at all and it is never stated that she heard from him again The pain forced Granny to be strong as is proven by her thoughts when she is asked if anything could be done for her I want you to find George Find him and be sure to tell him I forgot him I want him to know I had my husband just the same and my children and my house like any other woman Tell him I was given back everything he took away and more Porter 584 Granny did marry a man named John but her strength was again tested when he died at a young age leaving her to raise their children on her own Sometimes she wanted to see John again and point to them and say well I didnt do so badly did I 582 She had been strong enough to carry the burden of two lost loves and raise good children at the same time It was one of these children Cornelia who made her act somewhat bitterly in her last days With her daughter whispering about her and saying she should be humored at
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