Laura's mother Alma finds a clay sculpture of a naked female torso in a drawer in her daughter's bedroom. She is sickened by what she sees. Alma had always looked upon her daughter's bedroom as a sanctuary of purity and virginity, a haven of relative peace that allowed her to escape Tut's masculinity. The peace and security that Alma once found in Laura's room has now been shattered; it has been destroyed by this symbol of transgressive sexuality.
Alma attempts to deal with the sudden trauma by dismissing the sculpture as nothing more than a lump of wet dirt. She destroys the sculpture, convincing herself that Laura did not really know what she was doing; she most likely copied it from a book without really comprehending its full import.