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The Beggar Maid. In both cases, the narrator is a divorced woman beyond her child-bearing years, with a career in the arts, facing later milestones in her life while she is still trying to sort out the significance of the earlier ones. Women talk to other women, about each other and about other women, and it does, eventually begin to get a little blurry. How thoroughly we dealt with our fathers and mothers, deplored their marriages, their mistaken ambitions or fear of ambition, how competently we filed them away, defined them beyond any possibility of change. Here she is referring to the kind of talk that she once shared with her friend, Ruth, when they were younger women. And, now, the narrator is old enough to reflect on these earlier patterns, old enough to imagine her two daughters playing out the echo. Or two boys.