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experiencing life to the fullest in the woods only to be intrigued in the empty grave. The graves are significant in their meaning. Once this grave held meaning to someone, a significant monument of a former life. From these empty graves came two special gifts to the children. The dove a symbol of life and the ring a symbol of never ending love. The description of the engravings on the ring gave an imagery of love in purest and simple form with the leaves/flowers engraved on the gold ring. Another clue to the time period was used in the description of the clothes that Miranda was wearing. The conflict that the clothes caused provided information about the struggle in this time period with the social norms. The dissatisfaction with the unlady like appearance of the Miranda was blamed on the raising by the Father. The grandmother apparently was also in disapproval of the fathers dismal of proper etiquette. This was given to the reader by the introduction of the old cronies and their opionions were noted in the story as they walked by. The writer gives a very detailed description of the kill of the rabbit and the skinning of the rabbit. As a reader you can imagine the feel of the warm lifeless animal and you can actually visualize the motionless creature. The reader is swept up in the visual image during this part of the story and the killing of the innocent babies that were also taken. The thrill of the kill was not so sporting when something so innocent was affected. The Dove and the ring that are found in the cemetery are symbols that represent life (dove) and neverending love (ring). When Miranda recalled this moment 20 years later she first remembered the feeling of sadness and then envisioned her brother at age 12 holding the Dove in his hand. This story is about life and death and the feelings that we experience when we remember the sadness. It is the good moments that we try to focus on to help us hide the pain. Katherine Porter used her own life to influence this story. She lost her Grandmother and mother at an early age and her experience with death was revealed in Miranda.