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Biography: Colette grew up in a small villiage in France. Her mother taught her how to write with a sensual description. At the age of twenty she was married to an author and critic known as "Willy". He encouraged her to write stories based on her childhood. Her stories were so popular that merchandise was sold based on the characters in them. Unfortunatly her husband took all the credit and recieved all the rewards. She left him. She remarried but divorced this man aswell. her third marriage was faithful. When her husband was captured by the Nazis she was crushed. After this gime she wrote memories of her life and her mother was often in them. She died in 1954. In her lifetime she had written more than 50 novels and even more short stories.

This story is about a mother that is sick and her two children that take care of her. The mother is old, dieing, and losing her mind. The mother is very kind and tries not to worry her children. Her son is a doctor and tends to her so that she does not hurt herself. Her daughter looks after her and tries to bring her back to her senses. She takes care of all people she meets and takes in cats to feed. In morning she makes breakfast and is as close to normal as she gets during the day. One morning the daughter wakes up to find that breakfast is not made and worries. She finds her mother has died but also finds letters written by her. One letter says that the mother knew she was dieing and did not have much time left but that a rare plant she owned was about to bloom, which only happens once every four years. The mother decides to put everything on hold to watch the plant bloom because she may never see it again. The daughter realizes how much her mother meant to her and how her memory will always make her happy and proud.

The story can be related to modern european literature through Romancticsism. The mother does not care for work or duties but instead has an imagination, cares for others that she does not know, and puts important things on hold to watch a flower bloom. As in the Romantic era, people put a bigger stress on nature and imagination than on the everyday working life that must be done. A historical even that this resembles is World War II when all imprissioned people stopped caring for work and daily duties but learned to care for simple things that may not be obtainable later on.