The Stone Diaries Setting & Symbolism

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Mercy Goodwill's Kitchen

The kitchen is where Mercy felt most at ease during her short married life with Cuyler. She loved to cook and try new recipes here, and it brought her the only real joy she knew in life. It is also in this kitchen that Mercy went into labor with Daisy and later bled to death.

The Tyndall Stone

This was a stone that Cuyler had brought home from the quarry as a gift to his wife. On the day she died, Mercy placed it on top of a plate which covered a bowl of pudding she was preparing for that night's dessert. The stone 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 a huge monument, which began with the single stone that was her grave marker. Using balance instead of...

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