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What is sanity? Some might say that sanity is the ability to see the world, as it is right now. If that is the case, how can we ever know, if anyone is sane?
The question of sanity becomes topical in the short story "Reconciliation" written by Polly Clark in 2006 and the word reconciliation has a very central meaning for the main character. The main character and narrator, Laura seems to see the world a little bit different from other people. The narrator of the short story is a first-person narrator, and therefore she is, by definition, subjective. The story she tells us is seen from her point of view, and it is always a problem, if only one point of view is used on actions. Especially if the narrator has problems seeing the world as it really is.
The narrator's mind seems to be quite untidy. At first, she forgets to bring proper shoes to work, and then she decides to explain it with mountaineering. That is probably one of the worst possible excuses for forgetting anything. This tells us, that the narrator's sense of occasion and sense of order is not the best. Furthermore, she tells us, that she has dry washed her hair, probably without success. That also does not witness about the greatest sense of order.
Perhaps the narrator is looking for order. It could be, that she continuously searches amongst others for the one thing she cannot produce herself. It seems that the narrator is in a drastic psychological development. She is married, but yet she wants to be divorced, and when she goes home after work, it is without her husband.
The relationship between the narrator and her husband was not always strained. They used to talk honestly about deep things to each other, but something happened. It seems that the narrator's husband has been unfaithful to her, and therefore they live apart, waiting for the divorce. Of course it does not have to be…...

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