Compare the reactions of Jess and Leslie to the Easter church service. How does each reaction expand your understanding of the character?
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When Leslie accompanies Jess and his family to the Easter church service, the two friends react quite differently. Jess has lived in their small, working-class town his whole life, and has been raised in the church. Leslie, whose family has just recently moved into town, obviously comes from a more secular background. It seems she has rarely, if ever, attended a church service, and finds the whole thing fascinating, like attending a festival.
Jess and his sister May Belle are puzzled by Leslie's reaction. May Belle in particular becomes distressed when she learns that Leslie does not believe the Bible, saying, "'Cause if you don't believe the Bible...God'll damn you to hell when you die." And in a clever bit of foreshadowing, the chapter ends with May Belle's plaintive question to Leslie, "But Leslie..What if you die? What's going to happen to you if you die?"
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