At first, Lizabeth acted like a child because she helped to destroy some of Miss Lottie's marigolds, but when she did it she still felt bad. "Suddenly I was ashamed, and I did not like being ashamed. The child in me sulked and said it was all in fun, but the woman in me flinched at the thought of the malicious attack that I had led."
Lizabeth was feeling confused and guilty about destroying some of Miss Lottie's marigolds and hears her father crying and her mother comforting him and felt that her world was turned upside down so she wakes up Joey (her brother) and they went to Miss Lottie's. "The world had lost its boundary lines. My mother who was small and soft, was now the strength of the family; my father, who was the rock on which my family has been built, was sobbing like the tiniest child."
In a final, crazy act of childhood, Lizabeth tore up all of the marigolds while Joey was crying to Lizabeth to stop. Then she looked up and saw Miss Lottie for what she really was, a poor, old woman trying to have some beauty in her life. "The witch was no longer a witch but a broken old woman who had dared to beauty in the midst of ugliness and sterility." "I knew that that moment marked the end of innocence."