Several of the women reach out to men for love and end up with sexual contact, which leaves them feeling frustrated and bitter. Elizabeth Willard wanted adventure, but the men she was with gave her only physical affection, and eventually she settled into a loveless marriage. Louise Hardy is married to the first man who paid her any attention, even though she really wanted spiritual, rather than sexual attention. And Alice Hindman learns that "many people must live and die alone" because she fails to secure romantic love. The only type of satisfaction available to her is love with Ned, but when that fails, she cannot have other adventures.
She runs out in the rain but ends up feeling quite absurd.
Those types of adventure are simply closed to women, even though Ned had the option of career advancement in the city. The men, on the other hand, have myriad options. Ned goes to the city, as does Elmer Cowley. These men can seek adventure and satisfaction through ways other than love. Wash Williams chooses love, but he can relocate when that option fails. He is still lonely, but instead of being pathetic like Alice or washed up like Elizabeth, he is angry.
Wash, on the other hand, has access to more active emotions, such as anger and hatred.
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And, as we learn in "The Untold Lie," women have the option only to say "yes" or "no" to sexuality, but men can choose what happens to their lives beyond sexuality. The big question for Nell is whether to have relations with Hal, but Hal can then choose if he wants to marry her or have a different type of life. Nell's choice is one of acceptance or rejection-restricted choices-while Hal has open-ended choices.
At the end of Winesburg, Ohio, George is on a train, leaving for uncertain adventures and fortune in the big city. Helen White, who is educated and has left for college, ultimately remains in the town, unable even to make it to the platform to say goodbye. Her future is simply a matter of who she will marry, as Seth Richmond and George both make it clear to her, saying they believe she will marry someone else. George, on the other hand, can make the future he wants for himself. Even though he is also limited by the human condition of loneliness, as a male, he has more varied options of what to do with his life.
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