the secret life of bess

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  • Lily
  • "…I thought they could be smart, but not as smart as me, me being white” .
  • Rosaleen
  • " look at you,child.look what he's done to you,"
  • August
  • "Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved."
  • Lily Owens is a fourteen year old girl who is insecure and lives with guilt. Lily is a racist but then all her racists ideas fade away after spending time with the "calendar sisters". 
  • May
  • "I'm sorry...I just can't help it"
  • Rosaleen  works for Lily and her father,T.ray . She is not lady like what so ever  and she is tough as nails.She has a "I told you so" attitude and an outgoing  personality. Although she is tough she really cares about Lily.
  • June
  • "But she's white, August."
  • August is one the "calendar sisters";she is a very cultured and ladylike,nothing like Rosaleen. She is a beekeeper and relates the bee's behavior to life.August acts like mother to Lily and her Deborah (Lily's mother).
  • Zach
  • "Nobody will believe how hard I'm gonna study this year.That jail cell is gonna make me earn grade higher than I ever got."
  • May is the youngest of the "calendar sisters" and she is a very emotional woman. Anything that upsets May,she'll go to her wailing wall, or hum "Oh Susanna".She becomes Rosaleen's best friend and a mother figure to Lily as well.
  • June is the second oldest of the "calendar sisters", and she is headstrong. She didn't like Lily at the beginning when she arrived, but then she warmed to lily. June didn't like Deborah ethier because she was white,but just like Lily  her mindset changed.
  • Zach is a young man who wants to change the world for the better. He wants to be come a lawyer and when he was in jail he promised himself that he would earn the best  grades that he can.He's Lily's love interest as well.
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