LIzabeth is a child who lives in a broke down neighborhood. Ever since Lizabeth was little along with her friends, they have always thought Miss. Lotte, a neighborhood woman who never leaves her house, was a witch. Her and her friends are bother by how ugly her garden is except for the one part of her garden, the Marigolds. She and her friends decided to throw rocks. Later Lizabeth heads home. Her parents start fighting and her father ends up crying. "Then I lost my head entirely, mad with the power of inciting such rage..." Marigold (Collier, Eugenia) page 220.
Lizabeth gets so mad that she goes to Miss. Lotte's house and rips the Marigolds. When Miss. Lotte arrives, Lizabeth is in shock at the mess she had done. She realizes her mistake and that she had just taken someones happiness out of their lives. "Suddenly I was ashamed...The child in me sulked and said it was all fun, but the woman inside of me flinched..." Marigold (Coller, Eugenia) page 220
As she grew older she remembers her mistake and uses it as a lesson. She had felt deeply sorry for Miss. Lotte how had passed away eventually. "The years have taken me worls away from that time and that place, from the dust and squalor of our lives and from the bright thing that I destroyed in a blind childish striking out at God-know-what." Marigold (Collier, Eugenia) page 224.