Objects & Places from The Stone Diaries

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Mercy Goodwill's Kitchen - This place is where Mercy felt most at ease during her short married life with Cuyler. This is also the place that Mercy died.

The Tyndall Stone - On the day she died, Mercy placed this item on top of a plate, which covered a bowl of pudding she was preparing for that night's dessert. This item is characterized as one of the witnesses to Daisy's birth.

Cuyler's Monument to Mercy - While he is mourning his wife's death, Cuyler constructs this object, which began with the single stone that was her grave marker.

Bloomington, Indiana - This place is the home of the thriving limestone industry of the early twentieth century. This is where Cuyler made his money and changed from a simple quarry man to a successful businessman. This place comes to represent a place of affluence in the novel, though...

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