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As her lover screams at the moment of her death, she reawakens. An unseen individual remarks that the death throes are beginning.
As the days progress, she becomes stronger, finding herself able to eat soup on the fourth day in the hospital. Eventually she leaves the hospital.
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At this point, she visits an old woman who performs illegal abortions. It is revealed the unnamed woman's death came from an infection during the illegal abortion.
As the story is progressing backwards, instead of asking the woman to abort the child, she screams ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte the old woman to "make my child live again! The unnamed woman thinks on how this request is only possible thanks to a "mirror," or the backwards nature of time in her narrative.
Ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte unnamed voice remarks that the death throes are in progress, an idea the woman rebukes.
The woman then encounters her lover, who tells her of the old woman who performs abortions, and orders her to visit should she become pregnant, not realizing she is already carrying his child. As the story continues and time progresses backwards, the lovers grow less ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte less familiar with each other, until they no longer know the name of the other.
Once again the voice speaks, remarking that she does not have much time. Unlike the rest of the story, the voices appearing in the story do not happen backwards.
As this fever dream progresses and the woman relives her life backwards, ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte voices of an unknown doctor are the only external stimuli linking her to reality, where she lies on her deathbed hallucinating.
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She once again rebukes the voice, still believing that time is progressing backwards. As a schoolgirl, she meets the older man who will seduce her.
She meets her brothers and father once more. But the one who has bet on the tram will lose.
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The reach of ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte morning still continues long into the night. You come in time. Before it becomes dark and all the children have vanished from the street side, the car turns into the hospital yard, a ray of moonlight falls right on the entrance.
Soon come the men to lift your coffin from the hearse. And the hearse drives merrily home.
They carry your coffin through the second entrance across the court and into the mortuary. There waits the empty catafalque, black and ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte and raised, and they set the coffin on it and open it again, and one of them curses, because the nails are hammered in too firmly.
Soon after the young man comes also and brings the wreath back; it was high time.
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The men arrange the ribbons and lay them in front; there, ilse aichinger spiegel geschichte can relax, the wreath lies well.
By morning the faded blooms are fresh and close themselves in buds. Overnight you remain alone, the cross between your hands, and by day you will have much peace. You will not accomplish it long later, to lie so still.