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We then see how the wife in her "widowhood" is affected by the feigned love of this "prince," how this pretend "prince" turns out to be her "dead" husband, and how she cuts herself open with a hatchet and dies after being deranged by the unrealness of what feels real and by a perceived reality that turns out to be unreal.
Kathy had no leftover mothering energy." The unrealness of Renee to Spalding has fogged other narratives.
Problems and substitute behaviors include self-destructive tendencies; deep sorrow and the "pain of loss"; preoccupation with and idealization of what is past; guilt and self-reproach; feelings of "unrealness;" lack of energy and fatigue; death anxiety; death urge or preoccupation; resistance to change; fear of the unknown; and denial of death.