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...t during childbirth. In the short story Chris creates a miniature saddle as a gift to Vanessa. "Once for my birthday he gave me a leather saddle no bigger than a matchbox, which he had sewn himself...". At the end of the short story, Chris has been put into “ the provincial mental hospital” with no hope of recovering from his mental state. Finding the saddle, Vanessa realizes the lost hope for Chris and chooses to let go of him and remember the good times they shared when Vanessa was a child. “I put the saddle away once more, gently and ruthlessly, back into the cardboard box.” The comparison between the inspiration of the Taj Mahal and the loss of Chris emphasizes the importance of letting go of relationships at different stages in people 's lives. Letting go leaves room for growth in new and old relationships growing our maturity in different aspects of one 's life.
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