Click on this Blog post to the metaphor where Anastasia creates an imaginative mental chess game to protect herself as the pawn, her will power to be happy. She also draws upon the help from her stronger chess pieces. She uses her imagination to escape the reality of her surroundings allowing her to continue to pursue with her studies and reach her personal goals in life.
Review: ". . . She seeks to escape her despondency through being in nature, through working her job diligently, through pursuing a college degree, through pursuing sports, and through creating a mental chess game with herself . . ."
~ Richard MacKay January 24, 2021 - Poet, writer, and creative artist. His poetry is about our conscious awareness and the healing of nature, expanding our spiritual awareness, and the reality of our interconnectedness. https://www.amazon.com/author/richardmackay