Action: "...Mom who even scrubbed the front door and who swept out the yard, Mom whose hands were perpetually red from washing and rinsing."
Action: "Her large hands were warm as they held me and stroked my hair. She clucked and cooed, her voice husky with her accent, her breast full of scent: a mixture of yeast, cabbage and rose perfume."
Effect on others:"I was angry with mom too, for nodding so eagerly, for being so fearful."
Action/Speech: " 'That's your proof. Your proof. You understand? Now get that woman and show her your precious bugs and get her to clean my house!' It was covered with dead bugs. Each brittle black body was stuck to wall with a thin pin. Hundreds of dead black bugs pinned to the wall."
Action: "I ignored her when she came up to my room, to offer comfort, company and hot tea."
Speech: "There were arguments every night with mom shouting, crying, pleading and daddy murmuring or saying loudly, 'That's enough, Anna.' "