A morality tale? A parable? An account of a dream? This work of literature treats the reader to some subtle and detailed imagery as it progresses through the short tale.
The female protagonist is fleshed out in enough physical detail to render her as a real woman in the reader’s mind. But it is her emotional and mental states that more fully describe this unfortunate soul.
Already afflicted, and clearly less than ideally married or even happy, she faces a tragedy that might plunge another into inconsolable grief. Her response, however, is somewhat different.
There is a deliciously barbed twist in this tale that readers will interpret according to their own views of what is good and fair in life. I enjoyed it. A compelling short read.