The Secret Life of Bees

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  • Lily Owens
  • " I hadn't known this was possible-to reject people for being white."
  • Rosaleen
  • "Lord give me strength."
  • August Boatwright
  • "August was so intelligent, so cultured, and I was surprised by this."
  • Lily Owens is a 14 year old girl living in a rustic setting in 1964. Lily is also white living in a time of racism and she doesn't understand why people are mean.
  • Terrance Ray
  • "You wake me up again,Lily, and I'll get out the Martha Whites, you hear me?"
  • Rosaleen works for Lily's dad, but mostly cares for Lily. She is not afraid to speak her mind and that has often gotten her in trouble.
  • May Boatwright
  • "...Me and May the only two who couldn't lie peacefully on the bed for five minutes."
  • August Boatwright is a beekeeper in Tiburon SC. She has a great impact on Lily's life and the way she thinks of her mother.
  • June Boatwright
  • " But she's white, August.
  • T. Ray is Lily Owen's father. He is unkind and mean to Lily, which causes the change that happens within the book.
  • May Boatwright is the youngest Boatwright sister. She lost her twin which causes her to feeling more emotions than most.
  • June Boatwright is one of the Boatwright sisters. June has trouble accepting Lily Because she is white.
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