Stanza six

In the conclusion of the poem, the speaker seems to fully appreciate that following the visit there is little hope for reconciliation between the two women.

The battle lines have been firmly drawn and established and each of the women almost innately understand the combative nature of this relationship.

The speaker imagines that the food her lover’s mother prepares out of duty as hostess is seasoned with salt tears, exposing the grief and bitterness the mother feels about this new romance.

The final, stark two lines sum up completely the hopelessness of the situation - She won’t/give up.

In their simplicity and directness, these four words leaves the reader in no doubt that this battle will rage on.

Whether the relationship between the speaker and her lover is strong enough to withstand such a prolonged offensive is dubious. It seems the rival may have the upper hand after all.