An Annoyance

In this section of the reading, the narrator’s struggle for power becomes a little more explicit and, quite frankly, annoying. The woman the narrator finds in the new world does not remember him, no matter how hard he tries to convince her of the ordeals he has experienced; more specifically, the ordeals he has experienced in his quest to find her. Even after she tells him “Always I have been here, and always I have been alone. Almost always it has only been me, and no other,” (231) he feels that “At last husband and wife and child were again gathered under one roof…” (231) The extremity of his denial is astounding. What’s worse is that he doesn’t seem to want to remind her for her benefit, but rather so he can gain control of his world again. However, the arrival of all the new foundlings usurps his plan to control everything, because he does not want to lose control to a child like he did before to the Foundling. He admits that “…I wished to never again love what would not last, and while my wife delighted in the company of these children, I did not,” (253) which makes me believe that this woman’s memory of happier times is just a control mechanism the narrator is using to submit her to a life that he wants. 

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