Cake

In the story, cake appears throughout Liz’s first day back at work as a symbol of celebration that she does not want to be participating in—to her, returning to work and leaving her son…

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The five-dollar note that Liz takes out of her purse symbolizes the towering costs of capitalism. When Liz is asked to contribute money to the office morning tea, a celebration of important occasions like birthdays…

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The lasagna Liz eats for lunch represents her feelings of being deceived into thinking going back to work was a good decision. Julie, Stella, and Caroline take her out to lunch at an Italian restaurant…

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