By nruley, Updated
A 3x3 description of theme.
Childhood is Delicate
Past Can't Change
Experiences Mold People
"She did not get well. She stayed skeleton thin, not wanting to eat, and night after night she had nightmares. She would call for me..." (p. 294)
"Or I will become engulfed with all I did or did not do, with what should have been and what cannot be helped." (p. 292)
"... Susan telling jokes and riddles to company for applause while Emily sat silent (to say to me later: that was my riddle, mother, I told it to Susan)..." (p.296)
"She fretted about her appearance, thin and dark and foreign-looking at a time when every little girl was supposed to look or thought she should look like a chubby blonde replica of Shirley Temple." (p. 295)
"My wisdom came too late." (298)
"One morning she phoned me at work, hardly understandable through weeping: 'Mother, I did it. I won. I won; they gave me first prize; they clapped and clapped and wouldn't let me go'." (297)
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