How does the narrator in Boys and Girls change over time? 

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The narrator of "Boys and Girls" experiences quite a profound change over the course of the story. Initially, she's something of a tomboy, preferring to spend time with her brother and her father working on the farm. It's so much better than being cooped up indoors all day, being nagged at by her mother and grandmother, who want her to be more ladylike. Apprehensive about what kind of future lies in store for her, the young girl sees the farm as a means of postponing her entrance into womanhood. Being useful around the farm allows her to prove herself, to show that she doesn't conform to the prevailing sexist stereotype of a weak and feeble female.

But towards the end of the story the narrator reverts back to her femininity. In an indication of her fundamentally caring, nurturing nature, the young girl is deeply upset to know that the old nag Flora will be shot. This follows on from her growing awareness of herself as a young female and not just a substitute boy. The narrator's growing...

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