These revelations came through memory. Is memory essential to making life more meaningful?
Like Welty says of photography, I would propose that writing captures the transience of time by portraying those single moments when history unfolds before us in the events of everyday life. An anecdote early in the book of her parents' morning routine of whistling and humming back and forth up and down the stairs phrases from "The Merry Widow Waltz" illuminates for me the means by which this shy, never-married lady "got" the signals of relationship that are so necessary to the parties in happiness.
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After their marriage, they relocated to Jackson, but Chestina takes a piece of the mountains to Jackson with her. Eudora is excited to return to her family's home on Congress Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge.