Week 3 - Pages 106 - 159 of In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth


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  • "Richard, don't encourage her. You always take her side."
  • I didn't do anything.
  • "Cheryl, she didn't mean anything."
  • I wish I could take back my birthday wish. I didn't know it would make Mom so upset.
  • "Are you saying that I am?"
  • "I won't let you do this to her, Cheryl. She's not to blame."
  • "Eagan, go to your room. Your father and I are having a discussion."
  • "How can you do this? How can you ruin a little girl's birthday?"
  • Eagan gets into a fight with her parents while they are fighting. For Eagan's sixth birthday, her mom made her a cake and she wished to have a sister.
  • Eagan's parents, Richard and Cheryl, are still arguing and Eagan regrets wishing for a sister. She wonders why her Mom always gets upset with her.
  • This flashback impacts the novel because it further shows how Eagan's mother is tough on her and how there is tension between her and her mother a lot. Her mother yells at her for the tiniest reasons and this shapes the story into having the tension between them, which is very important to the story.
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