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The Closing Door By Angelina Weld Grimk I find this short story to be somewhat deceiving at first because it feels as though the story is about the generous nature of Agnes Milton The first several pages the narrator speaks about her hardships in life and the generosity of Agnes however the ending is quite unexpected The narrator was passed from relative to relative after her fathers death apparently due to alcohol poisoning but Agnes was the only one kind enough to take her in and treat her like a daughter This story gives the reader a good slap into the realities of life for colored people especially in the south Agnes is a complex character who changes drastically by the end of the story In the beginning Agnes seemed to be a kind hearted gentle playful woman She has the mother heartthatbrought me to live in the only home I have ever known 1905 After Agnes got pregnant appeared to be a point where she began to change and the quietly closing doors were apparent to the narrator and Agnes husband Jim She seemed to be withdrawn anti-social and basically interested in solitude Agnes had a great joy in life when it came to her younger brother Bob She loved him desperately and waited with great joy for his letter to come to her every week Agnes demeanor went down even further after she learned about Bobs death Not long after the news of Bobs death Agnes other brother Joe appears For the first time in quite awhile Agnes showed some signs of life - she smiled again and even chuckled After Agnes learned the truth about Bobs death she took a desperate tail spin into depression She continued with the familiar quietly closing door whenever someone looked for her in a room and she became quiet solitary It appeared as though Agnes could not fathom a world where people
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