Margaret Fuller Slack demonstrates her selfishness most blatantly in showing no concern for the young children she left behind. She died while her children were young, stuck by a needle, "While washing the baby’s things," yet she does not even mention their having to grow up without their mother. One can certainly feel pity for her, but that does not change the fact that she offered child-rearing as an excuse for writing. If words were so important to her, as she considers her death from “lock-jaw” ironic, then she would have found the time to write. She had a great example in Anne Bradstreet, who did engage her writing talents despite also raising eight children. The example of Anne Bradstreet’s accomplishment cannot be sloughed off by a mere “notwithstanding,” because that example offers a valid counterpart to Margaret’s selfish excuse of using her children while showing no concern for their welfare after her death.