At the beginning of the story, Lizabeth is very calm and collected. She does not really care to play with her brother and his friends, she does however become interested in going to Mrs. Lottie's house to mess with her marigolds again, but she is conflicted on whether to go or not.
In the middle of the story, Lizabeth is seen mocking and acting rude towards Mrs. Lottie, calling her a witch and such. Lizabeth has now changed has now changed into a more childish version of herself.
At the end of the story, Lizabeth finally cracks after seeing her dad sobbing because of the Great Depression. She lets her emotions out and runs to Mrs. Lottie's house at 4 am and rips up her marigolds in a blind haze and breaks down crying as she realizes she is no longer a child.