She attempted to repress any part of her personality that could be considered unfavorable. Esther describes not wanting to kill herself, but something darker, deep within her - the qualities she hated (147). By accepting the emotions she originally tried to conceal, Esther is recovering. If viewed simply as a cure, recovery would imply that mental illness just disappears, never to resurface. The ending, however, is ambiguous; readers are unaware of outcome of Esther’s interview for dismissal.
Many people may not report counts of sexual assaults to police; however, they are seeking relief from consulting organizations. According to the Regina Sexual Assault Centre, concerns of how police investigate sexual assault are directly the result of the consistent underreporting of sexual assaults(Latimer, 2017). Furthermore, the way police handle such delicate cases has come into question. A lack of faith in an authority figure can make is very difficult for victims of sexual assault to report the crime. This lack in faith is reinforced by the unlikelihood of convicting the attacker.