"It was lots of fun. Outside, we'd play on her swing set or make a fort or go on a spy mission to watch Mrs. Culver in her garden an then report back" (33).
Signpost: Contrast and Contradiction
"In elementary school, the teasing was rare, and when it happened everyone in her class would stick up for her. This was so much worse. There were so many girls, many of whom she didn't know" (40).
"'Temple has set a record!' her father roared. 'She's been failing almost every subject, and now she gets kicked out of school! Now you'll have to agree: she should be put away. She can't make it in society'" (47).
This person was quoted because they were one of Temple's friends as a kid. The quote shows that even though Temple was different from the other kids, she was still able to make friends.
Word Gap: adorned
The difference is that in her new school people didn't like her and it was much larger. It matters because they thought Temple was weird so they bullied and teased her, which Temple says still sting to this day.
This shows a fixed mindset because Temple's father refused to believe that Temple would ever get better. He believes that she wont ever make it in society. If Temple had tried harder, then her dad might have started to accept her.
Book Club Question
"The other girls, dressed up in blouses and sweaters, wear their long or curled or adorned with barrettes" (50).
Definition: Make more beautiful or attractive Technical Term? No
Temple's dad wanted to send Temple to a mental because she was failing all her classes, but Temple's mother continued to argue with him and refused to send her to a mental institute, so instead Temple's mom found a school for people like Temple.
Why would Temple's father continue trying so hard to convince Temple's mother to put Temple in a mental institute?
Why would Temple's mom want to keep Temple around so much?