Damn Mr. Ellis' coat! And damn his money! You think I want white folks' leavings?
End : Adultlike
In the beginning of the story, Lizabeth is a childish, free-spirited kid who is responsible and loves her brother and friends. " After our few chores around the tumbledown shanty, Joey and I were free to run wild in the sun with other children similarly situated." lines 64-66
In the middle of the story, Lizabeth is trying to figure out who she is and what she should do. "Where did I fit into this crazy picture? I do not now remember my thoughts, only a great feeling of bewilderment and fear." lines 291-293
By the end of the story, Lizabeth realizes her wrongs, and knows she has to grow up and own up to her mistakes. "In that humiliating moment I looked beyond myself and into the depths of another person." lines 372-374