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By Chelsea Martin and Dallas Carver

  1. Anna finds a surprise when she opens the letter from Jeffries: “there were five five-pound notes inside” (23).

That poor leech will let that Mr. Jeffries talk to her whichever way he likes so long as he’s got a pretty penny to pay for her time.  Mr. Jeffries’ 25 pound donation subsequently became Anna’s sense of entitlement to speak to her landlady as if she was the Queen of England. She had previously mentioned she was willing to do absolutely “anything for good clothes” (22). she’s got  her eye on the prize and is eager enough to take advantage of the wealthy man before the opportunity passes. the irony is the’re both exploited each other, while portraying their relationship as something meaningful.

  1. Right after Anna receives the money, she gives us an image that symbolizes her state of mind: “Outside it smelt of melting snow” (24).

That pitiful young lady, Anna, cannot continue a thought for more than a half minute. She goes off worrying about what garments she would buy with her charity case money from that wealthy man; money she ought to be storing away for a better quality of life, and then starts on about the melting of snow, a new phenomenon in her small world. To this money hungry girl, all this money symbolizes is an expansion to her wardrobe, rather than a much needed investment for a better future for herself.

19.   The simile that Anna provides while she is being fitted for clothes is worth considering: “I held my arms up and the thin one put on the dress as if I were a doll” (25).

Anna has the audacity to compare herself to a doll, but she can only wish. The doll represents a version of herself who she aspires to be; put together, and wealthy, whilst giving off the illusion of having some intelligent philosophies to offer. However, in reality, she hates of Mr. Jeffries and Mr. Jones’ aura of intellect and success. What a strange girl to want to become something that she hates others for being.

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