Pages 65-79 Summary

Mary Adare is no longer remarkable or miraculous; she becomes an “ordinary girl again, and maybe something worse than that.” Mary likes the butcher shop and bluntly speaks her mind; she is “pigheaded, bitter, moody, and [has] fits of unreasonable anger.” Her experiences have given her a unique perspective, different from anyone around her.

Though she has lived closely with Sita and knows her better than Celestine, Mary does not really understand Sita. Celestine quit school and works for the telephone company. She is “handsome like a man,” smokes like Fritzie, and exudes confidence. Mary wishes she were tall like Celestine, but at eighteen she has stopped growing and will always be short.


(The entire section is 510 words.)