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Peripety can occur when a person has a meeting that results in a change of character In the short story titled Miss Brill a woman has a chance encounter that has a tragic ending Miss Brill was a lonely woman who found enjoyment in the park on the weekends While at the park Miss Brill sat to listen to conversations of others and watch the patrons as they went about their business as she had many times before She had become really quite expert she thought at listening as though she didnt listen at sitting in on others lives just for a minute while they talked round her112 On one particular Sunday she began to daydream and allowed her imagination to run away as she pretended to be an important actress in a play and the park as her stage Miss Brill began to build a high sense of self as she sat by to watch her fellow actors as they portrayed various duties within the play Because she felt she was just one of many actors she convinced herself of her importance to the others around her No doubt somebody would have noticed if she hadnt been there she was part of the performance after all113 Miss Brill was accompanied by a young couple whose opinions of her were quite opposite of hers Why does she come here at all-who wants her114 Miss Brill had spent her afternoon entertaining herself with the lives of others but found it awkward to be the target of the couples criticism Their actions were negative and tore away at Miss Brills ego and their words cut right through her self-esteem and broke her spirit Her weekend routine would never be the same She felt that she was important to the other patrons as she was an auditor for them but fell from her pedestal when she heard for herself how others viewed her Miss Brill had been
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