Why does June continue to reject Neil and why is May against her rejection?

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In the book The Secret Life of Bees, June is a very headstrong and educated woman.  She and her sisters have had to make a way in the world for themselves.  They have learned the benefit of being independent.  June also feels responsible for her sister May.  By resisting the desire to marry she is ensuring that she stays with her sister, August, in taking care of May.

However, the biggest issue keeping her from marriage is that June had to overcome was her own fear of rejection.  On page 211 of the book there is a paragraph that tells how June was supposd to be married, but the man had backed out of it.  Since then she had been afraid of love and would not take another chance.

May knew that Neil was a good man and she also knew her sister's heartfelt feelings.

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