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Can't and Won't Themes & Motifs

Lydia Davis
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Regret

A number of stories feature a feeling of regret. Sometimes the feelings of regret can come from a lack of inaction, such as in Eating Fish Alone, where the narrator eats alone on purpose, but then later regrets actions that she did not take while at the restaurant.

Most notable is the feeling of regret that permeates that of the story, The Seals. In this story the narrator has lost her sister and is going to the funeral. She thinks and remembers all of the times when, as a child, her sister was always there. She also recalls all of the instances since then that she thought about reaching out to be more connected to her sister, but other things took priority. Now that her sister is dead, the narrator regrets the time that she didn't take to spend with her sister.

Regret is also suggested...

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