What is the significance of the following quote found in Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust:

I dreamed of running off too,though I never did.I didn’t have half your sauce, Billie Jo.

 

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In the chapter titled "Cut It Deep" of Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust , Billie Jo and her father have just returned from Doc Rice's and now feel brave enough to sort through a box belonging to Billie Jo's deceased mother. Afterwords, Billie Jo fixes dinner, and her...

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In the chapter titled "Cut It Deep" of Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, Billie Jo and her father have just returned from Doc Rice's and now feel brave enough to sort through a box belonging to Billie Jo's deceased mother. Afterwords, Billie Jo fixes dinner, and her father tells her about his childhood. He also confesses that he wasn't sure his decision to grow wheat in the Panhandle was a good one and "dreamed of running off too" but never did, unlike Billie Jo. He next pays her a compliment: "I didn't have half your sauce, Billie Jo." In using the word sauce, her father is calling Billie Jo bold and rebellious and specifically referring to how she had just recently become bold enough to hop a train headed for the West Coast.

In July 1935, in the chapter titled "Out of the Dust," Billie Jo slipped out of the house with some saved up money and biscuits, headed to the railway station, and jumped aboard a boxcar heading west. The ordeal is excruciating, resulting in scorching sun burns in the desert and being frozen in the mountains. When she reaches Flagstaff, Arizona, after having talked with a tramp about the tramp's family and her own and how the one thing she and her father both fear is being left alone, she gets off the train and decides to turn around and go back home. It's Billie Jo's courage to leave and even greater courage to return that her father is complimenting when he tells her, "I didn't have half your sauce, Billie Jo."

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