Chapter 10 Summary
Opal sits and tells Gloria Dump everything about her life. She talks about her and the preacher’s move from Watley to Naomi and explains how she had to leave all her friends behind when she moved. Then Opal tells Gloria about her mother and how she left when Opal was little; she also tells Gloria the ten things the preacher told her about her mother. Gloria listens as Opal explains that she thinks about her mother much more now than she ever did in Watley. She tells Gloria about how the preacher acts like a turtle in his shell, hiding from all the things that trouble him. And she finally tells Gloria about finding Winn-Dixie in the grocery store and how he has led her to meeting new people like Miss Franny Block, Otis, Sweetie Pie Thomas, and herself. Opal admits that the Dewberry boys called Gloria a witch, but she says she never believed them. Gloria listens patiently, and Opal feels that Gloria is listening with her heart.
When Opal finishes her story, Gloria says she thinks Opal has much more of her mother inside her than the red hair, freckles, and ability to run fast. Gloria suggests that they test Opal’s green thumb to see if, like her mother, she can grow anything. Gloria picks out a small...
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