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Marie has a childlike ignorance that, paired with her great disappointment
with life, encourages her to exist in a fantasy world, out of touch with
reality. When she couldn’t take her miscarriages and her husband’s cheating any
longer, she escaped her village life for the city. When her life as a maid fails
to satisfy her, she escapes into a world where the dead baby she finds is her
living daughter and the household where she works is her own home. Nothing in
the world matters to her, and the only people she feels close to are the
imagined ghosts of her dead mother and ancestors. She wants to die so she can
join them. Marie sees the real world as a cruel place and feels worthless
because of her inability to have a child and continue her ancestral line. Marie
is religious and superstitious. She bitterly resents her employers for their
comfortable lifestyle and their dismissal of her as an ignorant peasant. She
feels anonymous and knows that no one loves her, which gives her an overwhelming
sense of despair.