“‘Mis’ Herbert had always been a little wandering and mysterious and uncertain in her ways” (50).
“She was always pleasant, sweet appearing, mysterious and uncertain, and a little wandering in her ways” (52).
The content that Stein provides us, and the way in which she does it, is really interesting and quite confusing. She seems to always repeat these very vaguely broad words to describe her characters, such as Melanctha’s mother’s description above. And she doesn’t offer us any new ways to describe her the second (or third or fourth) time around. This instantly made me think if she is also using the delayed gratification method like we saw from James, in that she keeps dancing around the actual idea that she wants us to get from her helpful yet roundabout way of giving us any solid information.
Stein, Gertrude, Three Lives. Dover Publications, New York, 1994.