Talley's Folly Essay

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In his courtship of Sally, Matt has one factor very much in his favor: she does not like living at home, for she considers most of her family to be "hypocrites and fools." But she would never consider marrying Matt just to get away and has given him no encouragement. She answered only one of his many letters and then only to tell him not to write. Apparently she accepts what people are saying about her, that she is turning into "a crazy old-maid Emma Goldman."

Nevertheless, Sally manages to escape the stereotype of the lonely, frigid spinster who secretly yearns for romance and sexual fulfillment by genuinely trying to put off Matt, while, at the same time, revealing in unintentional and subtle ways that she is attracted to him. Second, there is the pathos, even tragedy, of a revelation made approximately a decade before that she must...

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