Why is my father sobbing all of a sudden? He is the strongest of our family!
oh no! What have I done! I am so sorry!
Lizabeth and her friends show an act of immaturity in this scene. They act as young children while they stumble through bushes and hop fences to get to Miss. Lottie's. They were annoyed how Miss. Lottie somehow found a way to fit her beautiful marigolds into such a depressed old house and yard. Her and her friends decide to throw pebbles into her shining Marigold garden and ruin them.
Lizabeth's father is like like the pillar of the house. He provides for the family and keeps them having hope. This night Lizabeth was awoken by her father sobbing to her mother. She was confused angry and frustrated. Lizabeth has conflicted emotions. She wakes up her brother and runs away out of the house in the mist of the night.
She finds herself at Miss. Lottie's. She is tired of poverty, degradation and hopelessness. She suddenly leaps into the pile of Marigolds and starts pulling out the flowers angrily as is the flowers were the source of the problem. She sees Miss. Lottie heartbroken in front of her as she opens her eyes. Realizing what she has done, she cries and apologizes to Miss. Lottie. Lizabeth is now more mature and from here understands what being an adult is about.