Lizabeth was a growing teen in the great depression.
One night lizabeth overheard her mom and dad talking, to hear her father crying, even though he was a nice and kind hearted person
In a blind rage and confusion after hearing her father crying, she wanted to destroy something. So she went to Miss Lottie's marigolds. After destroying every last flower, she looked up to see miss Lottie staring at her. Then in that moment she saw Miss Lottie not as a witch but as an old, broken down woman who had tried to create something beautiful in her ugly world. She suddenly saw into the pain and depth of the old woman.