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Squeaky and Gretchen almost get into a fight. Why, then, do they smile at each other?

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yungmn8 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2009 at 6:08 AM via web

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Squeaky and Gretchen almost get into a fight. Why, then, do they smile at each other?

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mishaal15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Squeaky and Gretchen smile at each other at the end of the race because by now they both respect each other. Also Squeaky realizes that Gretchen also tries her best at running and is just as serious.

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clyonslf | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 5, 2009 at 2:51 AM (Answer #3)

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At the end of the story Squeaky and Gretchen smile at each other as a sign of mutual respect.  Both girls recognize in each other an opponent worthy of respect. Squeaky realizes that Gretchen is just as serious about running as she is and appreciates this.  It also shows the awakening and growth of Squeaky as a character; up to this point in the story she remains unchanged (flat character).

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