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What is the significance of the name Godhigh? How does Julian’s attitude towards his ancestors and towards the Godhigh family home reflect the central conflict of the story?

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Julian's mother takes great pride in the fact that his grandmother "'was a Godhigh.'" To his mother, this means that Julian should take great pride in his family and his heritage, because his ancestors were prosperous and powerful. She believes that her parents' and grandparents' status and identity are part and parcel of her own, and Julian completely disagrees. He says that

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