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Pride and Compromise - contd

by Preethi Warrier
(Mumbai, India)

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Maria thought about it all night, she wept uncontrollably into the pillow. She was already seventy, could suffer from an attack again. She could either go to UK and live with Peter or stay back and be confined to a lonely life in this house, with no body to talk to and with nothing to do all day. She had loved Tony and Peter too much and couldn’t imagine living without them anymore.

And finally she decided, for the first time in her life she would swallow her pride and compromise with her daughter- in- law. She had lived her whole life on her own terms, but then, the very thought of being separated from Peter for life was unimaginable. After all, she would not live very long now, what difference would it make where she lived or where she died? Did it matter where a person was buried, once he was dead?

And today, sipping tea in her veranda, she thought to herself, “ Had she been wrong in asserting her control over Tony and Rosy? Had she been wrong all the while? The compromise that she was making now, couldn’t she have made it a few years back? If she had let Rosy cook, given her some privacy, let her take decisions for Tony and Peter, she could have had her Tony and her dearest Peter right here, playing with her, talking to her. After all, Rosy was a woman too. She did have some right over her husband and kid. Perhaps, if she had respected Mathew a bit, loved him, wouldn’t she have been less lonely now?”

She thought about it and sighed. In an effort to win all the time, she had lost big time. The furniture had all been sold and the caretaker had been told to water the trees.She knew it wouldn’t be long before Tony would sell off the house, so she would be confined to a small flat in London for the rest of her life.

She walked around the house, absorbing every bit of her last moments in the house. She then went into her bedroom and finished her last minute packing, her flight was in the afternoon, the cab would come soon, to take her to take Nedumbassery airport and she would leave her whole life behind.

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Aug 09, 2016
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Great work!
by: Vineeta R

Very well written, covering the whole life span along with various shades of emotions in just few pages is not very easy.Great work!

Aug 08, 2016
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Nice story
by: supriya

very well written
















Jul 26, 2016
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Very well written
by: Snehal

Every mother in law should read this story on average with few differences condition remains same as it is reflected in this article.
Preethi has nicely written and reader stop at end only.
Very well written Preethi

Jul 26, 2016
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Nice one
by: Mansi Subhedar

Nice one dear...

Wish you good luck and keep on writing...

Jul 25, 2016
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Beautiful
by: Mugdha

Beautifully written Ma'am.
Keep writing. :)

Jul 25, 2016
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Superrbb storyy
by: Sriraj

Mam.. Great work.. Good story mam.. All characters r well depicted wid good depth.. Reflection of real life stories which r still taking place.. Story ending with .. While maria is leaving... Her husband coming fr her support.. Hehehe...myt b possible.nwezz good work mam..waiting fr more

Jul 24, 2016
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Good story with a good ending
by: Savitha

Woman pride and domination well captured...good to see Maria come around in the end but most Marias dont and disrupt more lives...

Jul 24, 2016
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very nicely written covering all characters emotions
by: jayashree iyangar

Very good

Jul 23, 2016
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Flawless Writing and a lesson for all.
by: Anjneya Gaur

Flawless writing and a lesson for all.

Jul 22, 2016
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Reality well depicted...
by: Deepti

Lovely! Something all of us can relate to.

Jul 16, 2016
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life lesson
by: hassan.hayati

nice. giving a life lesson in five paragraphs. We must learn how to forbear. how to even give up when you have the right.

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