Lizabeth! Stop it! Stop! Ms. Lottie is here. Stop!
Lizabeth is out with her friends and brother. They go to Ms. Lottie's house. She isn't sure why Ms. Lottie who has a horrible and dirty house planted beautiful Marigolds. The kids challenge Lizabeth to taunt Ms. Lottie. At first, they skid rocks to cut the tops of her flowers. Then they come out and dance around her. All the kids dance around her while calling her an old lady witch.
Lizabeth hears her parents talking and crying because her dad can't find a job. She is frustrated, confused, and sad about their living conditions, and not being able to see her mom everyday. Lizabeth finds herself getting out of bed and going to Ms. Lottie's with her brother tugging behind her. Then she repulsively starts pulling out all of Ms. Lottie's flowers. Then Ms. Lottie finds her, and she stands up feeling ashamed of herself.
Lizabeth finally understands Ms. Lottie. In the middle of all of the dust and squalor in her life, the marigolds represent the beauty. Lizabeth also planted marigolds like Ms. Lottie by understanding the true meaning of the beautiful marigolds.