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Ramatoulaye is Mariama Bas main character in So Long a Letter We learn about her through reading the letter she wrote to her best friend Assiatou Her letter describes and speaks of all the situations she came to face in her life From these situations we obtain a full portrait of Ramatoulaye who changes from depending on love and trusting everyone to an independent woman who cares about her own needs and is now skeptical of others Her change is indicated from the time that she has meets her future husband to the time of his deathThe first major thing one realizes about Ramatoulaye is she believes in love She believes there is only one person who is a true soul mate Coming to face reality she soon realizes this is not true Ramatoulaye states Modou Fall knew many undefinable things which glorified and sealed our relationship Ba 13 One can see that Ramatoulaye feels this is her true love She feels he is a disparate man and they should be together forever She speaks of how Modou Fall would call her special names that would make her feel as if she really mattered to him Modou Fall stated Its you whom I carry within me Youre my protecting black angel Would I could quickly find you if only to hold your hand tightly so that I may forget hunger and thirst and loneliness Ba 14 His kind words and actions reassure her and make her worries disappearAs their marriage continues to grow Ramatoulaye questioned her outlook on true love While away in France Ramatoulaye never thought Modou Fall would betray her nor do anything to harm her To her surprise she finds he was not in love with her any longer She questions the meaning of true love when she hears of her husband marrying another woman She feels this is inexplicable She just can not understand why he would betray her Modou Falls
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