Themes in The Old Nurse's Story
The Past Cannot Be Changed: The nurse gathers the children around her to teach them a lesson, though that’s not totally apparent at the story’s outset. What starts as a simple retelling of their mother’s childhood gradually reveals itself to be an instruction in morality, delivered in a spooky, shocking way: the past cannot be changed, only learned from. The nurse’s aim is to deliver this message in a way that is both memorable to the children and cautions against both emotional reaction and paralyzed inaction.
Themes Examples in The Old Nurse's Story:
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"'Alas! alas! what is done in youth can never be undone in age! What is done in youth can never be undone in age!'..." See in text (The Old Nurse's Story)
"but often when she came to those words, she would listen, and start up from her knees, and say, 'I hear my little girl plaining and crying very sad..." See in text (The Old Nurse's Story)