Who was the narrator of the story?
Who is John Burke?
"Joy and rage and wild animal gladness and shame become tangled together in the multicolored skein of fourteen-going-on-fifteen as I recall that devastating moment when I was suddenly more woman than child, years ago in Miss
Lottie’s yard."—What do you think the theme is based on the evidence provided?
This metaphor compares what two things?
"I suppose that futile waiting was the sorrowful background music of our impoverished little community when I was young. "
What motivates the children to annoy Miss Lottie?
"I said before that we children were not consciously aware of how thick were the bars of our cage. I wonder now, though, whether we were not more aware of it than I thought. Perhaps we had some dim notion of what we were, and how little chance we had of being anything else. Otherwise, why would we have been so preoccupied with
The phrase "the bars of our cage" refers to:
In the lines "I did not join the merriment when the kids gathered again under the oak in our bare yard. Suddenly I was ashamed, and I did not like being ashamed. The child in me sulked and said it was all in fun, but the woman in me flinched at the thought of the malicious attack that I had led. The mood lasted all afternoon."
—Identify the conflicting feelings Lizabeth is experiencing after throwing stones at the marigolds.
What motivates Lizabeth to wake Joey?
Identify the feelings that are causing Lizabeth to return to Miss Lottie.
After destroying the flowers, what does Lizabeth's reaction to Miss Lottie reveal about her?
What do Miss Lottie's marigolds symbolize to the narrator?
What does the narrator mean when she says that she has planted marigolds?