Alice Hindman's major problem is her inability to get over Ned. If she would move on her life she could reestablish a normality to it but she keeps obsessing over him. Committing herself to Ned does not allow her to have a relationship with anyone else. Once she starts to have a connection with anyone she quickly shuts that door and tries to open the one that has Ned behind it. Waiting for Ned really ruins her life and she does nothing to change it. Even though she puts herself into this lonesome situation I still feel sorry for her and I think Anderson writes it feeling sorry for her.
I agree with Zach that Alice needs to move on from Ned and accept the fact that he left her and was not going to come back for her. I feel that she could have restarted her life and not been so lonely if she did not keep thinking that he was going to come back. Every time she would start to have interaction with anybody she would stop it to remain loyal to a guy that was never going to comeback. I do feel bad for the situation that she end up living her life but I feel she accepted her fate of being alone instead of trying to take the free will approach and make a life for herself after Ned left instead of that causing her to life the rest of her life lonely.
I agree with your point about Alice not be able to open a new door in her life. Maybe her fate was to never end up with anybody and she accept it by the end.
I think for a long time Alice did accept her fate of being alone. She resigned herself to waiting for somebody she knew would never come because she had spent her entire life doing that and she didn't know anything else. But one day she sees young people dancing or something and realizes how much time has gone by and how much of her life she has wasted in waiting for Ned. When she has the moment she becomes suddenly very sad and very desperate. Regretful of the lost time and years and youth. That small moment is when she tries to revolt against her fate. Except fate wins again, and she resigns herself once more to a life of sorrow and uselessness. I think Anderson writes this with pity, understanding of the damage people can do to other people. And I feel sorry for Alice, too, even though she does this to herself.
I agree with Alex. It is not exactly Alice's fault for being alone, but she does do it to herself. She realizes that she is doing it and she pushes the people away from her that are trying to be there for her. I feel sorry for her because she does not know any better.
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