How did the narrator change when Mack died in "Boys and Girls"?

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The narrator of Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" identifies with her father and wants to help him in every way possible. She enjoys working on his fox farm, where he has two horses, Mack and Flora. Mack is a tired old workhorse and one day the narrator's father decides he must kill Mack in order to feed his foxes. Although the narrator cares much more about Flora than Mack, she feels uneasy when Mack is killed, partly because she knows Flora will be next. A mere two weeks later, she is proved right and it is Flora's turn to be killed. The narrator holds the gate open when Flora bolts, allowing her to escape (though she is later shot and butchered like Mack).

The death of Mack marks the beginning of the narrator's realization that she is fundamentally different from her father and her brother. This is compounded and completed when her father dismisses her failure to follow his instructions with the words "Never mind, she's only a girl." The narrator is unable to disagree and understands...

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