The thing is, it's not like Granny didn't live a full life after being jilted. She went on to find love, got married, had kids—the whole shebang. Still, none of that can help her fully overcome the memory of George's rejection and abandonment, which haunts her until her dying day. It just goes to show what a profound and transformative experience heartbreak can be.
See, even though she is literally on the verge of death, Granny can't stop thinking about this dude, George, who dumped her sixty years ago (yes, sixty years). Granted, this was not your average breakup: Granny and George had been engaged and, at the last minute, he decided not to show up for the wedding. If you think a text message breakup is humiliating, try being left alone at the altar with everyone you know watching.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter, Emily and Granny Weatherall throughout the course of their lives experience jilting several times.
Magnifying and applying come I,
Outbidding at the start the old cautious hucksters,
Taking myself the exact dimensions of Jehovah,
Lithographing Kronos, Zeus his son, and Hercules his grandson,
Buying drafts of Osiris, Isis, Belus, Brahma, Buddha,
In my portfolio placing Manito loose, Allah on a leaf, the crucifix
With Odin and the hideous-faced Mexitli and every idol and image,
Taking them all for what they are worth and not a cent more,
Admitting they were alive and did the work of their days,
(They bore mites as for unfledg'd birds who have now to rise and fly
and sing for themselves,)
Accepting the rough deific sketches to fill out better in myself,
bestowing them freely on each man and woman I see,
Discovering as much or more in a framer framing a house,
Putting higher claims for him there with his roll'd-up sleeves
driving the mallet and chisel,
Not objecting to special revelations, considering a curl of smoke or
a hair on the back of my hand just as curious as any revelation,
Lads ahold of fire-engines and hook-and-ladder ropes no less to me
than the gods of the antique wars,
Minding their voices peal through the crash of destruction,
Their brawny limbs passing safe over charr'd laths, their white
foreheads whole and unhurt out of the flames;
By the mechanic's wife with her babe at her nipple interceding for
every person born,
Three scythes at harvest whizzing in a row from three lusty angels
with shirts bagg'd out at their waists,
The snag-tooth'd hostler with red hair redeeming sins past and to come,
Selling all he possesses, traveling on foot to fee lawyers for his
brother and sit by him while he is tried for forgery;
What was strewn in the amplest strewing the square rod about me, and
not filling the square rod then,
The bull and the bug never worshipp'd half enough,
Dung and dirt more admirable than was dream'd,
The supernatural of no account, myself waiting my time to be one of
The day getting ready for me when I shall do as much good as the
best, and be as prodigious;
By my life-lumps!
SparkNotes: The Jilting of Granny Weatherall: …
Okay, let's be honest: a story about an eighty-year old woman sick in bed doesn't sound all that interesting, right? Well not so fast. "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, was first published in 1929 in a very hip literary magazine called transition (That's right, it was so hip the "t" wasn't capitalized on purpose). transition featured experimental, cutting-edge writing and other art, and is remembered for publishing the work of literary giants like Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, and James Joyce. Porter's publication in this magazine helped prove that she could totally hang with the biggest (male) literary heavyweights of the day.
A list of all the characters in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
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