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The Spider’s Strategy

Carol learned early to handle pain and cruelty, experiences that created the prism through which she views life. She is now seventy-five and spending time mulling over the past. She comes to realize how destructive to her adult life are the defenses she developed as a child.

Alone, she imagines her memories as a web that she must untangle and the spider who spins the web as a part of herself she converses with. Slowly, she understands that the spider is a symbol of integration, that her task is to clarify her memories, accept their reality, and reenter the world.


The Spider’s Strategy by Jan Darling
The Spider’s Strategy by Jan Darling