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Freedom is is a recurring idea in this novel. At first, the freedom originates from a bad situation. Rita's marriage is disintegrating, so she spends some time traveling alone for a few months. Her initial foray into freedom is scary, since she is in a different country by herself. As she faces different situations, and learns to take care of herself, she becomes a stronger woman and is able to relish her freedom. When the divorce papers finally come through, instead of cowering in getting worried about her future, she is ready to rush forward and embrace the freedom.