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Elisas Garden With the growing season at hand and the sweet smell of spring in the air a women is lonely She longs for the day that her husband will show more appreciation and affection towards the things that she so dearly loves This is the case in John Steinbecks The Chrysanthemums Elisas loneliness is demonstrated through her words her garden and her relationship with Henry Through the words of Elisa Allen there is a brief sense of unhappiness Trying to refrain from showing her feminine side Elisa doesnt let her emotions leak exposing her true hostile outlook on life While the Tinker is searching for a job he swings by the garden where Elisa is working It is during this time that he shows lots of interest in her handy work This makes Elisa feel euphoric and she opens her emotions up to this man making herself extremely vulnerable While the two speak Elisa mentions to the man that she wishes woman could do such things like live in a wagon He responds by saying It would be a lonely life for a women maam and a scarey life too with animals creeping under the wagon all night This is ironic because Elisa has a house beautiful garden and a husband yet she still feels lonely and neglected After the conversation is drawn to a close between the Tinker and Elisa the Tinker heads down the road in his wagon It is at this point in the story that Elisa whispers quietly to herself Thats a bright direction Theres a glowing there After these words are mumbled under her breath she looks around to see if anybody heard what she had just spoken but nobody has heard what she has said while working in her garden Elisa Allens garden is a way for her to escape reality and the significant amount of loneliness she faces everyday Elisa spends the majority of her day working
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