page 15 of 129 of Tender Buttons

Mildred’s Umbrella

I don’t want to take anything for granted with Stein, but the best I could image was that we’re seeing Mildred coming back from the store and making a lot of noise as she bangs her way in the door but all we see is her umbrella. We don’t see her, we don’t even see meaning, just action, just the motion and commotion of this simple act.

The ribbon? Perhaps she lost a ribbon, perhaps the ribbon should have been holding something, like a package?