At first glance, this is a simple love story. But is it? Look deeper and hidden inside is another tale. Do you see?
In the late 1930s, an angry mob kills white Francine for not only having temerity to make her life with a woman, but a black woman at that. It is simply not allowed and an example is set. Maude somehow survives.
For the next seventy plus years, like clockwork, Maude visits the cemetery daily. Now to me and you, that might seem insignificant, having joined towards the end. Imagine how the town feels, week after week, month after month, year after year, as this strong, proud woman walks to the grave of her lover.
Water wears down stone over time and in the course of seven decades, Maude does the same. Maude defeats hate – not with speeches, protests, or violence but a single, repeated act of will. The real story here is Maude’s quiet fight for the legitimacy of her relationship with Francine.
You move on or you wait. Love over time applies to the story as it stands, but it means more in the context of the hidden tale. The new gravestone marker and the joined burial announce the triumph of love. The town accepts Maude and Francine as a couple. Discuss in FORUMS.
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