"it seemed fitting I should take on a mourning my mother had never bothered with"

In Letters Home (p.25), Sylvia Plath's mother explains how she viewed her husband's body at the funeral parlour and felt that he looked 'like a fashionable store manikin'. Believing that his children would not recognise him, she decided against taking them to his funeral.

She then goes on to say: 'What I intended as an exercise in courage for the sake of my children was interpreted years later by my daughter as indifference'.