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There were women around Jesus when He died, the two Marys. They couldn’t do anything for Him. But neither could the men, who had all run away.

Through this short story, the main character continuously struggles with the stigmas against her gender. She is seen as inferior because of her anatomy. While she aspires to remain true to her Catholic upbringing, she also fights with the guilt of leaving her Buddhist grandfather’s soul to wander. Her grandfather expects her to only follow what he tells her is correct and, when she cannot do so, she is left with the belief that taking care of her grandfather’s parrot will amend all she thinks she has done wrong against him.

 

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