Ha has grown both physically and mentally over the course of Part 3 of the novel. How has she changed? How would you describe her best attribute or character trait and her worst flaw?

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Over the course of Part III: Alabama, Hà has learned, first of all, to compromise. We see how this plays out in her relationship to the American foods that she dislikes so much. She starts off in this section hating the American-style chicken she's served, forcing herself to make "yum-yum sounds" so as not to offend her "cowboy" host, but she compares the chicken to "bread soaked in water." But by the end of this section, Hà has accepted the compromised version of her favorite fruit, papaya: instead of leaving the dried and grossly over-sugared papaya strips in her trash can, she discovers that her mother has taken them out and soaked them in hot water to reconstitute them and dissolve the sugar. "Hummm... Not the same, but not bad at all," Hà muses. She's learned to genuinely appreciate what she's given, rather than faking it: a mature compromise to make. I would call this ability to compromise her best new trait. Her comment, "Not the same, but not bad at all," is a good...

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