"I feel again the chaotic emotions of adolescence, illusive
as smoke, yet as real as the potted geranium before me now." (pg. 120)
quote descirbes Lizabeth as her in her childhood. She can't decide what her emotions are and how she feels about them. Many
things that happen in the story happen without her really knowing of what she's doing. She realizes her mistakes and deeply
regrets what she does right after she does them.
"...our hatred of it was still the vague, undirected restlessness of the zoo-bred
flamingo who knows that nature created him to fly free."(pg.120)
talks about poverty in this metaphor. She knows that this is not meant to be, that they deserve better than the poverty that
they were in. Although she dealt with it, she still wished on the inside that they didn't have to be poor in a ramshackle
for a home.
"...but memory is an abstract painting- it does not
present things as they are, but rather as they feel."(pg. 120)
remembers her childhood, during the summer when she destoyed Miss Lottie's marigolds. The hurt she experienced from the guilt
of her destruction made her feel pain more than the joys and fun that she had.