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admires, but ultimately must reject. Her sister Josephine recalls
this visit and describes Emma’s re-enactment o f the scene she had
described in the poem: “Once again came the analogy, which she
herself pointed out now, to Heine on his mattress-grave in Paris.
She, too, the last time she went out, dragged herself to the Lou­
vre, to the feet o f Venus, ‘the goddess without arms who could
not help.’ ”51
Emma Lazarus sailed home to America, towards the “sea-
washed, sunset gates” where she was welcomed by “a mighty
woman with a torch.” She arrived on July 31, 1887; she died on
November 19th.
51 Josephine Lazarus, p. 36.