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“Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway. “ What Isabelle Holland said can be tied to Mrs. Drover’s thoughts in the story “The Demon Lover”. The author, Elizabeth Bowen wrote this story in 1945, inspired by her experiences of World War II and the aerial bombardments; they reminded her about how people were overwhelmed by the events happening during World War I. And in this case how Mrs. Drover was overwhelmed with stressful evens in a dark era, and not only that, she had to deal with her mistakes and broken promises. Mrs. Drover was left hollow inside and at the same time filled with guilt for her mistakes and fear for the consequences.
Mrs. Drover had come to get some belongings from her abandoned house and was confronted with her soul in the houses’ image. Mrs. Drover looked for the date: It was today’s. She dropped the letter onto the bedsprings, then picked it up to see the writing again—her lips, beneath the remains of lipstick, beginning to go white."(2) War separated her from her ex-fiancé and was now faced with the guilt of breaking the promise she had made to him. In the letter her lover had left the letter to remind her about one thing, the promise that she had broken. A promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified, and when broken, consequences will follow. She fears that he is in the house, now some may say that it may be hallucinations and other may say it could be the ghost of the dead soldier.
War creates trauma for many, in this case Mrs. Drover can be portrayed as the house in the way that due to the war, it is now empty and needs much repair. The cracks in the home may symbolize the cracks that Mrs. Droves has inside her mind due to guilt. “The hollowness of the house this evening cancelled years on years of voices, habits, and steps. Through the shut windows she only heard rain fall on the...
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