1. Mamzelle Aurelle – a single fifty-year old woman, Protagonist, Loner, Ignorant towards her dog when the kids left.Externally even though she was independent enough but internally she was all alone and weak and thats why she got attached very quickly with those kids.

2. Odile – the young neighbor who leaves her four kids to Mamzelle Aurelle.Bold and casual as she left her four kids with a woman who never had a experience in handling kids.

3. Aunt Ruby - Mamzelle Aurelle’s cook. With whom she buzzed and complained about the kids.
This story is about a woman MAMZELEL AURELLE who even at the age of 50 years is single. She has never been in love or never got married this clearly shows that she has never experienced an emotional connection through any relation. She only had her dog named Ponto and workers who are Negros. Her dog named Ponto and her workers who are negroes. This basically shows that she is all alone. One day her neighbour went to visit her mom leaving her four children who had never experienced handling a kid. At first she complained to her aunt who was her cook.And this clearly shows that she didn’t gladly welcome those kids. This was in the beginning but gradually she developed love for those kids which she herself has not realised .But she felt lonely only when her mother came back to take her kids and at that time she cried out loud without realising that her pet dog was already licking her hand.
Emptiness – It was first time in her life after the departure of the kids from her house which made her empty from inside. This realisation happened only when she got connected with those kids who are symbol of innocence. With them she for the first time realised the essence of loving someone That’s why when they left she couldn’t control herself .She even became ignorant towards her dog who kept on licking her hand.
REGRET – The title itself is quiet justifiable in stating the mind of the writer in the end when she finally realised the emotional connection in the form of loving someone and regretted a lot in end. she now realised that how lonely she is in this world.
Symbolism – Children can be considered as symbolism in this story .They actually made her realised how lonely she is for which she regretted at the end Iit was through the children that she for the first time realised the bond of loving someone. She is all alone again after the departure of those four kids with her mother.
The story "REGRET" is about a woman name Mamzelle Aurelle who is still single at the age of 50.She was never married and was never in love in her entire life time.She had only her pet dog name PANTO and was little connected with her maids who were negreos.One day her neighbour went to see her sick mother and leaving her four children with Mamzelle.This was the first time that she experienced handling children.At the begining she was disgusted and kept on complaning to her aunt who was her cook.She now started getting attached with the kids and when finally her neighbour came back she cried out hard like a man without even realisng that PANTO was already licking her hand.


LOVE - throughout her life she has never realised the essence of loving someone in the sense having an emotioinal attachment with any was through those four kids which created a strong bond in her mind and for the first time she realised bond of connection.

EMPTINESS-Before the children came she was all alone but never felt the pain of being was with the entry of those four children which made her felt very empty because she suddenly got integratedly connected with them and their presence even though was not welcome by her at the begining but while taking care of them and without self realision only she satrted loving those kids.And suddenly when they left she was she felt very empty.



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