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    The character, Basil, Miss Meadows’s fiancé was not physically present in the story. Read summary of The Singing Lesson

    The character, Basil, Miss Meadows’s fiancé was not physically present in the story.

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    Basil broke off the engagement because he felt that their marriage would be a mistake. He had realized that he loved Miss Meadows as much as it was possible for him to love any woman. But he was not a marrying man and the idea of settling down with someone filled him up with nothing but - “and the wRead more

    Basil broke off the engagement because he felt that their marriage would be a mistake. He had realized that he loved Miss Meadows as much as it was possible for him to love any woman. But he was not a marrying man and the idea of settling down with someone filled him up with nothing but – “and the word “disgust” was scratched out lightly and “regret” written over the top.’
    Miss Meadows was heart-broken on reading that her marriage was doomed. She couldn’t concentrate on her surroundings as she went over the letter in her mind. She wished that Basil would love her, no matter how little that would be.

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    Miss Meadows was prepared to marry Basil, despite knowing that he might not love her at all, because she believed that she might not get lucky again. To meet and get engaged to Basil was simply a miracle for her. She was thirty years old and still a spinster. Societal pressure was putting quite a stRead more

    Miss Meadows was prepared to marry Basil, despite knowing that he might not love her at all, because she believed that she might not get lucky again. To meet and get engaged to Basil was simply a miracle for her. She was thirty years old and still a spinster. Societal pressure was putting quite a strain on her and it didn’t matter to her whether Basil loved her or not, as long as he married her. She believed that she would have to leave her job and disappear as she knew that she could never face the students and the others after the news of her engagement broken off spread. Miss Meadows was afraid of facing the reality- a life as an unmarried woman.

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    It is not clearly mentioned in the story who “Muriel” actually is. Maybe it is the name of one of the students who happened to be in the same place where the Science Mistress stopped Miss Meadows for a conversation. Read summary of The Singing Lesson

    It is not clearly mentioned in the story who “Muriel” actually is. Maybe it is the name of one of the students who happened to be in the same place where the Science Mistress stopped Miss Meadows for a conversation.

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  1. Last time Basil had come to her see her, he had worn a suit with a rose in his buttonhole. According to Miss Meadows, he had looked handsome in that bright blue suit, with that dark red rose. Read summary of The Singing Lesson

    Last time Basil had come to her see her, he had worn a suit with a rose in his buttonhole. According to Miss Meadows, he had looked handsome in that bright blue suit, with that dark red rose.

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  1. The age difference between them was five years. Miss Meadows was thirty and Basil was twenty-five years old. Read summary of The Singing Lesson

    The age difference between them was five years. Miss Meadows was thirty and Basil was twenty-five years old.

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  1. An alternate ending could have been where Miss Meadows might have demanded to know from Basil for writing such a terrible later. She would have tried to know his reason and not just blindly accepted whatever he said whenever he wanted. Read summary of The Singing Lesson

    An alternate ending could have been where Miss Meadows might have demanded to know from Basil for writing such a terrible later. She would have tried to know his reason and not just blindly accepted whatever he said whenever he wanted.

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    Basil broke off the engagement because he felt that their marriage would be a mistake. He had realized that he loved Miss Meadows as much as it was possible for him to love any woman. But he was not a marrying man and the idea of settling down with someone filled him up with nothing but – “and the wRead more

    Basil broke off the engagement because he felt that their marriage would be a mistake. He had realized that he loved Miss Meadows as much as it was possible for him to love any woman. But he was not a marrying man and the idea of settling down with someone filled him up with nothing but – “and the word “disgust” was scratched out lightly and “regret” written over the top.’
    Miss Meadows was heart-broken on reading that her marriage was doomed. She couldn’t concentrate on her surroundings as she went over the letter in her mind. She wished that Basil would love her, no matter how little that would be.

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    Three characteristic traits of Miss Meadows were that one, she was very jealous and despiteful to others. She used to feel jealous of the Science Mistress and abhorred her for her sweet nature and her beauty. When Miss Meadows herself was in a good mood, she used to tolerate others a little better oRead more

    Three characteristic traits of Miss Meadows were that one, she was very jealous and despiteful to others. She used to feel jealous of the Science Mistress and abhorred her for her sweet nature and her beauty. When Miss Meadows herself was in a good mood, she used to tolerate others a little better otherwise she has no good wishes for others. Secondly, Miss Meadows was insecure. She was insecure about herself, her looks, and also about her engagement. It seemed that she was not eager to marry Basil out of love or affection but because she wanted to be accepted in the society. She had her insecurities of living as a spinster as a thirty year old. Thirdly, Miss Meadows took things way too seriously and that affected her professional life as well. Without thinking of asking Basil why he had written such a letter, she jumped to worst conclusions and that made the students around her suffer.

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  1. Mrs Mallard, the protagonist of Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour”, differs from Miss Meadows on a number of aspects. Unlike Miss Meadows’s effort and tension to finally fit in the society, Mrs Mallard doesn’t care as what the society thinks. Louise Mallard values her freedom and herRead more

    Mrs Mallard, the protagonist of Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour”, differs from Miss Meadows on a number of aspects. Unlike Miss Meadows’s effort and tension to finally fit in the society, Mrs Mallard doesn’t care as what the society thinks. Louise Mallard values her freedom and her independent will over marriage and society. Whereas Miss Meadows seems to be marrying Basil, perhaps not out of love, but to finally remove the tag of a spinster at an age of thirty-years. Miss Meadows undergoes an emotional turmoil when she reads that Basil wants to call off their marriage whereas Louise feels free and grateful just within an hour of receiving the news of her husband’s death. Louise looks forward to living life alone and for herself but over here, Miss Meadows looks ahead to finally stop living life all by herself.

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