Because Purdy's story was published specifically for an authence of farm women, readers are hailed as keepers of the new community mores that are visible throughout the magazine in advice on economical redecorating. In her other stories, Freeman treated shopping and the desire for goods as a senseless displacement of creative and sexual desires, as Monica Elbert has demonstrated. [...] in 1917, Freeman wrote a "retraction" of her story, asserting that it was "false," since a New England woman like Sarah Penn would either have agreed with her husband that cows should be better housed than people or would have gotten what she wanted long before ("Who's Who" 25, 75).
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