Josephine and Constantia are child-like in their attitudes and behaviour; barely able to make decisions for themselves. At the funeral, Josephine is suddenly terrified at having buried her father without asking his permission. He was always very nice to father. It is widely assumed that her husband must have married her for her money. And behind him, not in the least interested, sat Hilda, the unknown sister-in-law. When she sings, it's as if the clouds have opened up on a rainy day and suddenly the sun is shining. The other people seemed to treat it all as a matter of course.
I would suggest that the movements of peoples run deeper, and that the leaders float into a place of public focus, serving a purpose, but that the force of vast historical events run far deeper than this man and that. Constantia looked up; she seemed surprised. In the cab on the way home from the cemetery, Josephine worried that they had spent too much money on the funeral. The story covers the week after he has died. She had arranged things in a special order and then called Josephine to witness. They were too frightened to look.
He folded his coat-tails and began to lower himself into father's arm-chair, but just as he touched it he almost sprang up and slid into the next chair instead. Internal Struggles Much of the story focuses on how the Pinners are feeling and their reactions to their father's death. She thought if her mother had lived she and Constantia would have been married by now but there had only ever been father and he had quarreled with the only eligible men in their lives long ago. She remembered too how, whenever they were at the seaside, she had gone off by herself and got as close to the sea as she could, and sung something, something she had made up, while she gazed all over that restless water. But Aunt Josephine came to his rescue. Such condensation requires skilful use of implications and also omission. As if anything ever deceived Kate! Certain images recur: the sea and ships; fruits, trees, plants, leaves, flowers; birds and mirrors.
Constantia's eyes were enormous at the idea; Josephine felt weak in the knees. Kate said fish with rude sniff of her nose. Farolles, a clergyman who offers to arrange the funeral, visits and suggests they take Holy Communion, to feel better, but the sisters demur. Until 1914 she published stories in Rhythm and The Blue Review, edited by the critic and essayist John Middleton Murry, whom she married in 1918 after her divorce from George Bowden. Your Auntie Con and I bought them at Buszard's this morning. That being said, this certainly was thought provoking.
She had often imagined what their lives would have been like had their mother lived to raise them but she did not often dwell on this fantasy. Her flat little laugh flew from her lips. This accomplishment encouraged young Beauchamp to continue on writing. That was too much for Constantia. As soon as a person was dead their photograph died too.
It sounded such an appallingly heartless thing to do. For these two women living without their father might be harder than expected because they had come to rely on him for their every need. It had lettering on it: Medium Women's 28. A visit from Cyril was a rare treat for the sisters. It's a week to-day, a whole week.
And she had that maddening habit of asking for just an inch more of bread to finish what she had on her plate, and then, at the last mouthful, absent-mindedly—of course it wasn't absent-mindedly—taking another helping. The temporal shift in the narrative is done so well, almost seamlessly. Farolles could not possibly lean over it with the chalice. At that they both looked up. She was a pioneer in that way along with Virginia Woolf.
It is also interesting that neither Constantia nor Josephine ever married having spent the entirety of their lives looking after their father. They had to ask his permission to enter the same room he was in. She went over to where Josephine was standing. They hear a and realize they need not stop it, because it no longer disturbs their father. .