"It ain't right. Ain't no man ought to eat his woman's food year in and year out, and see his children running wild. Ain't nothing right about that."
"Honey, you took good care of us when you had it. Ain't nobody got nothing now a days"
Lizabeth isn't aware how something can affect a person like destroying some marigolds. She is mostly self centered in the beginning of the story. "For some perverse reason, we children hated those marigolds. They interfered with the perfect ugliness of the place; they were to beautiful; they said too much that we could not understand; they did not make sense."
Lizabeth is starting to understand how some things affect people like if they have a job or not. She is very upset that she doesn't understand what to feel or what is going on in her life. "The world had lost its boundary lines. My mother, who was small and soft, was now the strength of the family; my father, who was the rock on which the family had been built, was sobbing like the tiniest child."
Lisabeth understands what it means to enjoy the little things in life like having a job or caring for flowers. "Innocence involves an unseeing acceptance at face value, an ignorance of the area below the surface. In that humiliating moment I looked beyond myself and into the depths of another person. This was the beginning of compassion, and one cannot have both compassion and innocence."