Loneliness is inherent in the lives of Charlotte, from "Pomegranate Seed," and Lyman, from "The Red Convertible." The writers of the stories have their personal experiences built into their work. In addition, the characters from both stories suffered through similar ordeals; they helplessly watched a loved one dissolve like a fading dream.
Kassanoff explains, Wharton recognized her younger self in Sara, a woman in "All Souls'" who, is paralyzed by loneliness (383). This loneliness in
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in the lives of Charlotte and Lyman. They lost someone precious to them, and they did not recognize what they had until it disappeared.
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