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Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

Created: 12/26/15

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davinamw

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Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

Grace's response to Neva's refusal to reveal the identity of her baby's father is complex: "Despite my shock and frustration, a pleasant surge of adrenaline rushed through me ... Neva was rebelling. And despite my desperation to know the parentage of my grandchild to be, I was excited." What does Grace mean by this? Why do you think she feels this way?


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deeh

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I'm not sure of the answer to this question. I think Neva had a tendency to disregard Grace's attempts at intimacy and maintained a much more intimate relationship with her grandmother. Maybe Grace saw the hints of rebellion in Neva as a sign that Neva was really seeing her and responding accordingly.


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laurap

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I think Grace liked the sense that Neva had a rebellious streak - and also that she anticipated with pleasure the upcoming struggle to try to find the answer to her question about the parentage of Neva's baby.


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terriej

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I think it caused her to have more respect for Neva.


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joyz

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

Grace wanted Neva to be like her. I think Grace views herself as someone who would refuse and was glad that Neva did as well.


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andreab

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I think Grace saw Neva's defiance as a challenge. Because she did not have a father growing up, she felt it was important for Neva to allow her child's father to have the chance to be involved. Grace was planning to do whatever was necessary to ferret out the information and make Neva "see reason".


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Suzanne

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

joyz seems to have the reasoning for Grace's adrenaline surging relating more to my opinion than not.


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MarieA

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

Grace respects Neva's independence and views finding out who the father is is a challenge--Grace enjoys challenges.


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Sooz

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I agree with some of the other participants that Grace likes the challenge of trying to find a way to get Neva to reveal the father of her baby. Also I feel she is looking for a way to have a closer relationship with her daughter and thinks it could happen if Neva does share this with her.


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guntak

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

Grace was expecting Neva to reveal the identity of the father to Grace only as she is her mother. This would be an improvement of their relationship.


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rosemarys

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RE: Why do you think Grace feels "a pleasant surge of adrenaline" at Neva refusing to reveal the identity of her baby's father?

I agree with many of the responses here. I think the fact Grace didn't grow up with a father was a big reason, as well as believing that just maybe Neva was more like her than she thought. Grace puts a lot of importance on women's rights, being strong, and acting independently so this bit of news was a sign of Neva's strength as well.


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