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MonkeyNotes-The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
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The town is dark and quiet. She realizes Jarvis and Janice have been in Winter Hill for quite a while now. She thinks of herself being all alone in contrast to them being together a hundred miles away. She thinks to herself "They are the we of me." In the twelve years of her life before yesterday, she had been "an I person," a mere individual. All the other people she knew had a "we to claim." She doesn’t want to claim the "we" of herself, John Henry and Berenice because she thinks that group is the "last we in the world she wanted."


John Henry interrupts her thoughts when he asks her why she’s so bent over. She tells him she has a kind of pain. She asks him to come spend the night with her, but he says he can’t, because he doesn’t want to. She yells at him, calling him a fool and telling him she only asked him because he looked so "ugly and so lonesome." He tells her he’s not a bit lonesome. She tells herself to turn around and go home, but she can’t make herself go. She tells him she thinks something is wrong, that maybe a storm is coming.

While Frankie stands there, a horn begins to play somewhere a blues tune. "It was like the telling of that long season of trouble." The horn stops mid-song and Frankie is stunned. It never resumes, making Frankie feel desperate like she needs to do something wild. She hits her head with her fist, but that doesn’t help relieve her tension. She tells John Henry her plans for leaving town. She says Berenice is a big fool for not believing her. John Henry finally asks her if she wants him to come home with her, eat supper, and then sleep outside in the teepee. She says she doesn’t.

She has a sudden revelation that she knows where she’s going. She will go to Winter Hill. She says she will go with the couple after the wedding wherever they go. She says she loves the two of them so much she will go anywhere with them. It feels like her heart has divided like two wings and the night is the most beautiful she’s ever seen. Now, when the old question came to her who she was and where she was going, she doesn’t feel hurt by it. She is a member of the wedding.

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