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The Rights to a Life

The Rights to a Life

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Published by David Velleman
On Helen Fremont's "After Long Silence"
On Helen Fremont's "After Long Silence"

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 WJE SIDJW\ W@ O HIFE
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  N. Govig Vehhekom
ngvehhekomAmyu.egu Im
 Ofter H`md \ihemle,
 Jehem Frek`mt tehhs tje st`ry `f dr`wimd up im tje Kigwest os tje goudjter `f Q`hisj Lotj`hil poremts.
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 \je rel`umts s`ke `f tje st`ries tjey t`hg `f tjeir l`urtsjip im eosterm Q`homg, wjilj wos `llupieg cy tje Derkoms, tjem `llupieg cy tje \`viets ‗ wj` gep`rteg jer fotjer t` \icerio ‗ omg tjem `llupieg odoim cy tje Derkoms. \je rel`umts tje st`ries tjey t`hg `f jis eslope colb t` Q`homg omg, fr`k tjere, t` S`ke,  wjere je wos reumiteg witj jer k`tjer, wj` jog eslopeg fr`k Q`homg gisduiseg os om Itohiom s`hgier. \je rel`umts tje st`ries tjey t`hg `f tjeir korriode im S`ke omg evemtuoh ekidroti`m t` tje Umiteg \totes. \je tehhs jer `wm st`ry `f dr`wimd up im tje sjog`w `f jer poremts’ wortike `rgeoh. \je tehhs tje st`ry `f l`kimd `ut os o hesciom t` jer poremts omg jer Itohiom oumt. Jehem tehhs tje st`ry `f gisl`verimd, im jer tjirties, tjot jer poremts were oltuohhy Q`hisj  News ‗ jer k`tjer, tje goudjter `f om `rtj`g`x rocci. \je tehhs tje st`ry `f droguohhy uml`verimd tje true jist`ry `f jer poremts’ seporoti`m, eslope, omg reumifiloti`m. \je rel`umts tjot joir-roisimd jist`ry, imlhugimd ohh `f tje l`ver-st`ries tjot jer k`tjer t`hg im `rger t` ehuge orrest cy tje Derkoms, wj` jog re`llupieg eosterm Q`homg2 imlhugimd jer k`tjer’s mew igemtity os o Q`hisj Lotj`hil dirh mokeg Korio, fimohhy korrieg im tje Ljurlj t` jer revemomt fiomlé2 imlhugimd tje l`ver-st`ries tjot sje t`hg t` jer goudjters os o woy `f femgimd `ff tjeir questi`ms oc`ut tje post. Jehem tehhs tje st`ry `f l`mfr`mtimd jer poremts witj wjot sje jog heormeg2 sje tehhs tje st`ry `f tjeir imitioh gemiohs, tjeir sheephess midjts `f returmimd kek`ries, tjeir drugdimd jehp im jer pr`nelt `f rel`mstrultimd tje post. \je tehhs tje st`ry `f gisl`verimd, omg tjem exphoimimd t` jer k`tjer, j`w jer k`tjer’s poremts, Jehem’s dromgporemts, jog gieg ‗ m`t ‘im o c`kc‛, os jer k`tjer jog ohwoys soig, cut im tje dos ljokcers `f Cehzel. Omg, fimohhy, sje tehhs tje st`ry `f tehhimd ohh `f tjese st`ries im o c``b `f wjilj jer poremts gisoppr`veg.
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 Trittem f`r o l`mferemle `m ‘Hife-Tritimd‛ ot tje Jumtimdt`m Hicrory, Korlj 31?3.
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 Jehem Frek`mt,
 Ofter H`md \ihemle2 o kek`ir 
 (Mew Y`rb> Gehh Quchisjimd, ?999).
 
 
Tritimd Ofter H`md \ihemle N. Govig Vehhekom <.iv.31?3
 
Jehem tehhs tjese st`ries im tehedropjil, Wrohfokog`riom styhe, nukpimd fr`k wortike Q`homg, t` p`st-wor Itohy, t` Kiljidom im tje ?951s, t` C`st`m im tje ?991s, omg colb odoim, umstulb im tike. Jehem ohs` emukerotes tje st`ries tjot sje lomm`t tehh, celouse tjey jove ceem suppresseg `r represseg `r sikphy f`rd`ttem cy jer poremts> sje g`esm’t evem bm`w jer k`tjer’s divem moke. Omg im tehhimd tje jist`ry `f jer poremts’ wortike experiemles, sje gefthy jimts ot tje woys im wjilj sje is ekcr`igerimd `m sjregs `f evigemle f`r tje sobe `f tehhimd o d``g st`ry.  Os o ljihg, Jehem jeorg komy true st`ries fr`k jer poremts omg very few hies2 tjey gemieg tjeir jeritode koimhy cy `kissi`m. Gig jer poremts `we jer tje fuhh st`ry0 Tos it im omy semse jer st`ry os wehh os tjeirs0 Tjot ridjt gig Jehem jove t` umg` jer poremts’ repressi`m omg tjem t` puchisj tjeir st`ry odoimst tjeir wisjes0 Tjot ridjt gig sje jove t` ekcehhisj tje st`ry witj morrotive getoihs tjot were filti`moh, gespite jer imsistemle tjot tjey relreoteg s`ke morrotive trutj0 K`re tjom k`st `f us, Jehem’s poremts hiveg tjr`udj experiemles tjot jog tje f`rkoh strulture `f o st`ry> keetimd omg l`urtsjip, seporoti`m omg triohs, triukpj omg reumi`m> cedimmimd, kigghe, omg emg. Wjese evemts ore ‘tjeir st`ry‛ im o semse im wjilj tjeir hoter hife im Okerilo is m`t, celouse tje hotter g`esm’t kobe f`r o st`ry ot ohh2 tje f`rker kobe o st`ry, omg it is tjeirs.  Wje jist`ri`dropjer Joygem Tjite soys tjot tje st`ry f`rk mever imjeres im evemts cut lom `mhy ce ikp`seg `m tjek. Ky view is tjot tje st`ry f`rk is im essemle om ek`ti`moh logemle ‗ om orl `f ek`ti`ms or`useg, l`kphiloteg, omg res`hveg ‗ omg I w`uhg soy tjot tje wortike experiemles `f Jehem’s poremts jog om `verohh ek`ti`moh orl `f tje ridjt sjope.
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  Wjese ek`ti`ms were tje koim emdimes `f jer poremts’ pr`dress olr`ss Eur`pe, omg s` tje st`ry f`rk reohhy wos imjeremt im tjeir n`urmey. Jehem omg jer sister were t`hg tje `uthime `f tjis st`ry fr`k tjeir eorhiest ljihgj``g>
 Wjeir h`ve st`ry I jog ceem feg eorhy omg `ftem, umtih it seekeg port `f ky c`mes. I bmew tjot tjey jog fohhem im h`ve cef`re tje wor, omg tjey jog ceem seporoteg f`r six yeors  witj`ut bm`wimd if tje `tjer wos ohive2 ky k`tjer eslopeg Q`homg gresseg os om Itohiom
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 I presemt tjis omohysis `f morrotive im ‘Morrotive Exphomoti`m‛,
Qjih`s`pjiloh Seview
 ??3 (311<)> ?-35. Ot `me p`imt, Jehem soys, ‘\`ketjimd joppems, tjem s`ketjimd joppems, tjem s`ketjimd joppems. Wjis is lohheg o st`ry‛ (374). I gisodree.
 
 
Tritimd Ofter H`md \ihemle N. Govig Vehhekom <.iv.31?3
 
s`hgier, omg ky fotjer wohbeg olr`ss Eur`pe ofter tje wor, f`umg ky k`tjer im S`ke, omg korrieg jer tem yeors t` tje goy ofter tjey jog first ket. Wjot wos tje tohe tjey hibeg t` tehh omg retehh, tje st`ry tjey useg t` sukkorize tjeir hives. It wos o d``g st`ry, celouse it rom o tjreog olr`ss tje wor omg l`mmelteg tje tw` h`vers cef`re omg ofter. R:[
 Wjus, Jehem’s poremts exph`iteg tje orl `f tjis st`ry t` gistrolt ottemti`m fr`k kotters umsp`bem.
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 Wjese kotters imlhugeg folts oc`ut tje post, cut tjey ohs` imlhugeg ek`ti`ms tjot  were very kulj im tje presemt. Jehem soys>
I jog ceem hivimd ky hife witj fhoweg visi`m, stukchimd im tje gorb, cukpimd imt` tjimds I jogm’t reohizeg were tjere. M` `me olbm`whegdeg omytjimd. Yet eolj tike I wohbeg imt` ky poremts’ j`use, I fehh `ver s`ketjimd, `r gr`ppeg imt` s`ketjimd, o loverm`us sihemle, om umsp`bem, imvisiche gomder. R<?[
 Wje p`imt `f tjis omg sikihor possodes is m`t tjot Jehem wos l`mtimuohhy stukchimd imt` tje six-yeor holumo im jer poremts’ st`ry. Wjere wos imgeeg o morrotive holumo, celouse morrotimd tj`se six yeors w`uhg jove requireg jer poremts t` reveoh tjot tjey were Newisj2 cut tjot holumo is m`t tje ‘imvisiche gomder‛ `f wjilj Jehem speobs jere. Wje imvisiche gomder is m`t evem tje gomder tjot jer poremts foleg os News im Mozi-`llupieg Q`homg. It is rotjer tje gomder `f umheosjimd tje ek`ti`ms tjey retoimeg fr`k tjot experiemle. Tjem sje soys, ‘M` `me olbm`whegdeg omytjimd,‛ sje keoms tjot jer poremts gigm’t olbm`whegde tje drief omg feor tjey stihh lorrieg witj tjek. \` wjereos tje `ftem-repeoteg h`ve st`ry sbippeg cut mever fohsifieg folts oc`ut tje post, it gig fohsify ek`ti`ms feht im tje presemt, simle tjeir poremts  were m`t im folt hivimd joppihy ever ofter.  Tjem Jehem gisl`vers jer Newisj colbdr`umg, sje cedims ottemgimd symod`due, omg sje evemtuohhy seebs imstrulti`m im Nugoisk fr`k o rocci. Wjere ore komy reos`ms wjy Jehem kidjt jove trieg t` emter Nugoisk, wjilj ofter ohh rekoims f`reidm t` komy wj` igemtify tjeksehves os News. Tjot sje suddests is tjot sje wos tryimd t` fihh `ut o mewf`umg sehf-umgerstomgimd> ‘Ohh `ur hives,‛ sje tehhs jer k`tjer, ‘tjere’s ceem s`ketjimd tjot nust g`esm’t fit. Wjis exphoims s` kulj oc`ut wj` we ore, `ur ljihgj``g, `ur fokihy‛ (75). Jer sister Horo tehhs jer, ‘It’s m`t nust oc`ut
tjek 
! … It’s oc`ut
us 
!. Oc`ut wj`
we 
 ore!‛ (?59).
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 Wje pr`spelt `f exphoimimd wj` sje is heogs Jehem t` ekcrole jer Newisjmess>
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 ‘Wje post wos ohwoys hibe tjis, om ekpty spole im `ur hives, o dop im `ur l`mversoti`ms, imt` wjilj `ur k`tjer tukcheg fr`k tike t` tike, quiethy, witj`ut wormimd‛ (?75).
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 Jehem tehhs jer oumt, ‘Te meegeg t` bm`w oc`ut tjis, t` umgerstomg `ur fokihy, t` bm`w wj` we ore‛ (<3?).

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