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The story opens as a recollection of a tragedy that occurred a hundred years ago in a busy seaport. The brides of two brothers have been widowed on successive days and are surrounded by well-meaning and sympathetic townspeople seeking to console them. Their best efforts -- whispered passages of Scripture meant to comfort the bereaved – are met with tears. Finally, near sunset, they are alone. This is what they want. As close as they were, their shared grief has brought them even closer. They are certain that whatever consolation they may find will be through each other.

They cry for nearly an hour before Mary recalls the precepts of resignation and endurance which piety taught her. She also reflects on the fact that she learned of her husband's death first and thus, she should be the first to resume her usual...

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