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What struck me about this story was how¬†unperturbed¬†Lily remains through everything that happens. At the beginning, she is knitting, thinking about her family, the plowing, and how she’ll go hide the horse and chickens soon as if all those things are perfectly normal. We already know that the story is set during the Civil War, but this is our first hint of how much wartime has become a part of Lily’s life. We see that clearly when she kills Vaughn. The story maintains the same pace as Lily stabs him through the belly and reminds herself to try and pin him to the floor even though this is the climax of the action. A nineteen-year-old pregnant girl kills a man with a knitting needle and doesn’t bat an eye. Afterwards, she goes about her evening chores almost as if nothing happened – she even goes back to calling Vaughn “the Confederate”. Then, at the end, Lily rereads the newspaper article. Up to this point, Lily has seemed uninterested and almost dull, but now she is full of hope. Soon she’ll be able to tell everyone that her son’s name is Abraham and tomorrow she’ll be able to plant her crops.

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