chapter  9
17 Pages

Some Consequences of Hope: A Tale of Two Women

The picture that emerges of Kelley is of a woman who may have adored her children and, in her mind, may have felt she doted on them. However, in many respects the evidence is that her own emotional needs took prece­ dence over those of her children. In choosing to go to New Orleans for two years, she might well have thought the short-term sacrifice for her and her son were worth the long-term benefits, but the same cannot be said for her immersion in partying and nightlife. Her disinclination or inability to moderate her party life calls into question the altruistic justification she provides for having left Hope. More importantly, it was a constant re­ minder to her son, once she returned, of exactly what her priorities were.