Wyeth expressively documented life on the isolated, saltwater farm in many of his works. He said, "In the portraits of that house, the windows are eyes or pieces of the soul almost. To me, each window is a different part of Christina's life." For him, Christina and the Olson House were symbols of New England and Maine. He once remarked, "I just couldn't stay away from there. I did other pictures while I knew them but I'd always seem to gravitate back to the house. ... It was Maine."
Many of the small details imply determination and courage in Christina's character. It is speculated that she is crawling across her property to visit the graves of her parents. Christina had a degenerative muscular disorder which worsened with age. She refused to use a wheelchair and preferred to crawl.
The content introverts' camp closely borders the land of the socially anxious. Matsuoka, for example, says she was "pathologically shy" as a child, which likely laid the groundwork for her current lifestyle, even though she grew much more confident in her 20s. Those who remain "enforced loners" long to spend time with people, but shyness and anxiety inhibit them from doing so. "Introverts are people who like to be alone," says Paula Montgomery, an accountant from St. Louis. "I prefer to be around other people, but because of my shyness, it's difficult for me to join groups and make friends."
That's me! I'm a loner. I have an extremely hard time making new friends. I'm terrible when it comes to making small talk with strangers. Hell, I don't even feel comfortable leaving comments on blogs. I'd love to be more outgoing, but I have no idea how. Every time I try to start a conversation with a stranger, I end up getting tongue-tied and embarrassed.
I've stopped going to the movies because of the reactions I'd get from strangers in the theater. People would actually ask me why I was there alone. Some would even sit next to me because they felt sorry for me. I'm fine with going to the movies alone. I prefer to go alone because when you go with someone else they usually talk to you during the film.
As you examine the details of the maps a bit closer, and try to follow the geographic and geopolitical information displayed, you do a double-take as you realize that the maps themselves are actually constructed from miniscule pieces of other maps, forming new terrain, new geographies, and new names of places in entirely new languages.