loneliness, who has a great need of attention, and who shares an unfulfilling, oppressiverelationship with Clyde, her domineering husband.To amuse herself when she is alone, Ruby talks to herself and sashays around thehouse. She appears to be lonely in the domestic sphere, as Welty conveys when she findsthe bag of coffee wrapped in a newspaper: "She must have been lonesome and slow allher life, the way things would take her by surprise" (Welty Collected 12). She isenchanted by a newspaper, which most people take for granted. As a result of her loneliness, she retreats into her imagination. The newspaper story that she sees, whichreads, "'Mrs. Ruby Fisher had the misfortune to be shot in the leg by her husband lastweek,'" sets her reverie in motion. As she reads the sentence, one gleans that she isuneducated: she leaves "the long word, 'misfortune,' until the last" (13). Ruby imaginesthat this woman with the same name and she are one. She tends to confuse her dreamwith reality, as Welty shows when Ruby says, "'That's me' . . . very formally" (13). Theerasure of the line between dream and reality becomes a central theme.As in several of Welty's works, in "A Piece of News" she incorporates a mirror concept. In this case, the fire acts as the mirror. As Ruby looks into the fire, "it mighthave been a mirror in the cabin, in which she could look deeper and deeper . . ." (13).She imagines Clyde actually shooting her, not in the leg but in the heart, and killing her.Her life is so lonely and miserable that the romanticized thought of her own death makesher ecstatic.Alfred Appell comments on Welty's use of imagery to support Ruby's reverie. Heargues that the fire and the storm become "an objective correlative that charts the growthof Ruby's daydream as it envelopes the lonely reality of her life" (15). From Ruby'sloneliness comes her desperate need for attention.