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Berniece's sudden realization of what she must do comes "from somewhere old" (106); her realization alludes to the ritual spirit which, through the "rustle of wind," bursts out, filling her with the necessary energy to "battle.
Hence, it is significant that the piano remains with Berniece, for Boy Willie has always embodied the kind of ritual spirit which Berniece suddenly experiences, as his longstanding desire to confront Sutter's ghost implies.