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The characters in this story can be studied in their relationship to one another It is in the attitudes of Elisabeth Walter Walters mother and the children that their thoughts on each other become clear The most important symbol in this story the chrysanthemums also refers to the bond between the two main characters Elisabeth and her husband Walter This story is rather predicable because of the indication to the chrysanthemums in the title and the beginning of the account Beside the path hung dishevelled pink chrysanthemums p 2317 These flowers are linked with death and in a way announce the decease of one of the characters namely Mr Bates The chrysanthemums also refer to the kind of relationship between Elisabeth and Walter Bates Like all flowers chrysanthemums grow blossom and fade This can be compared to the development of their life as a married couple It was chrysanthemums when I married him and chrysanthemums when you were born and the first time they ever brought him home drunk hed got chrysanthemums in his buttonhole p 2321 In the beginning everything is alright -as it always is when two people are just married- but gradually problems begin to surface here Walters drinking problem In the end they just stay together because they have no other choice Walter brings in the money and Elisabeth takes care of the children and does all the housekeeping It is not a question of love anymore but their life together has become a sort of habit Elisabeths waiting for her husband evokes certain memories and bitter feelings towards Walter As she is expected to do as a good housewife she has always taken care of him but she blames him for drinking too much and for wasting their money on alcohol She has the feeling that the things she does for him are not appreciated Dinner is always ready and the house is always warm but he
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