Feather Girls - Analysis and Interpretation

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Feather girls - analysis and interpretation
The short story 'feather girls' by Claire Massey, from 2010 is a very imaginary and well written story, which leaves you behind with the sensation of unknowing.
I believe the text has a very deep meaning to it, which I will try to find. In the short story we meet a man called Bill. We can see from the text, that Bill is old "A collection of regulars cluttered the bar, all grey haired men similar age to him". Bill has a wife, who he does not see very often, as she has "flown off" by herself, as their children were grown. In the village, where the story unfolds it is common to give your wife a feather coat from feather girls, but Bill has fallen in love with a feather girl. The feather girl's
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That is why she has made an imaginary past to convince others of the exiting life. She is trying to find a real fairytale with Bill and the feather girl, where the feather coat does not have to be take away from the girl to love each other. This is also why Mary is so curious about those two, and always trying to get some information out of the two lovers, by standing and listening to them "Mary waited for a moment, but soon gave up and stalked back to the bar".
I think the whole message is a metaphor about women and how in today's society, women have to be wearing makeup, have big bums, big breasts to be attractive to men. The feather coat is a symbol of all the accessories to the natural beauty of a woman. That is why Mary is so intrigued in Bill and the feather girls relationship. Bill does not want to remove the feather coat, and does not want to have any contact with it under any circumstances "He shifted his legs back, so he wouldn't have to know the feathers were there, brushing against his trousers". Mary hopes to see Bill not removing the feather coat, like someone maybe have done to her. The hope of men not having to take the feather coats when they are young, but growing old together without removing the feather coat.
Another meaning of the text could be, that the coat symbolizes the innocence of the girls, or rather virginity. And Mary
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