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This story is about a girl named Mabel who tries to commit suicide by drowning herself in a pond A young doctor Joe Ferguson saves her She then believes that he loves her Although this idea never occurred to Joe he begins to find that he indeed loves her However Mabel thinks she is too awful to be loved and finds that when Joe declares over and over that he wants her and that he loves her she is more scared about that than of Joe not wanting her So does Joe really love Mabel Somehow he is convinced that he is I dont think the idea of love or marriage ever occurred to him When Mabel finds out that he saved her she convinces herself that he loves her Do you love me then she asks him Then more confidently she says You love me I know you love me I know The reason why I think she committed suicide is because she felt unloved at her home Her father had recently died and her brothers were unkind to her The father had left the family in debt and the family will soon have to leave their house and move somewhere else When asked which path she would pursue she did not answer I dont think she had anything planned She probably didnt have a good education so there were few options for her Perhaps she felt overwhelmed with the pressure to decide what to do and decided to commit suicide Thus when Joe Ferguson saves her her hope in life is renewed and she convinces herself that Joe loves her So why does Joe convince himself that he loves Mabel Perhaps he has never felt love before He didnt want to at first thinking it unprofessional as he was a doctor and she his patient No doubt he has spent much of his
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