Rose of Sharon, blossoms into nobel knowing women?

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 "Her hair braided and wrapped around her head, made ash-blond crown." page 129

 

I believe Steinbeck also proves that Rose of Sharon is dainty, but powerful.  Take for instance her name, Rose of Sharon, this unique name symbolizes a rose, which is dainty, delicate, round and soft.  All of which Steinbeck uses to describe her on page 136, "and Rose of Sharon behind, walking daintly" and also on page 129, "her round soft face, which had been voluptuous and inviting a few months ago, had already put on the barrier of pregnancy, the self-sufficient smile, the knowing perfection look...her whole body had become demure and serious."  The use of the word "knowing" in relation to her look in this section sends out a message that she has a way of knowing of such things to come.  And could the word "serious" also set the tone of what that might be.  The word balanced is used several times by Steinbeck to describe her, page 129, "and she balanced, swaying on the balls of her feet," and also again on page 129 "she balanced on her toes now, for the baby's sake", and finally on page 129 as well, "There was a balanced, careful wise creature who smiled shyly but very firmly at him." 

Steinbeck also eludes that she is of nobility, he references on page 129, "Her hair braided and wrapped around her head, made ash-blond crown."  Also on page 134, Steinbeck states, "Connie Rivers lifted the high tail-gate out of the truck and got down and helped Rose of Sharon to the ground; and she accepted it nobly, smiling her wise, self-satisfied smile, mouth tipped at the corners a little fatuously."  And another reference on page 134 as well, "This is Connie, my husband." And she was grand, saying it. 

The woman's intuition I believe hits right on as to Steinbeck's foreshadowing, because for the character Rose of Sharon being pregnant all of these pieces above can also be interpreted that her sense of intuition is heightened due to her pregnancy. 

As to what will happen next winter, could it be a death?  As in Foster's chapter 20, page 183, "In fact, our responses are so deeply ingrained that seasonal associations are among the easiest for the writer to upend and use ironically."  As well as in Foster's chapter 20, page 178, "winter with old age and resentment and death." 

I agree that Steinbeck opens our minds through the character Rose of Sharon that there is more to it than what the story is showing at this time.   

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