Beka Lamb

by Zee Edgell

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What are the key elements in chapter 13 of Beka Lamb?

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This chapter begins with some allusions to the effects of colonialism on Belize. Beka's father encourages her to buy shoes from a local Creole businessman, for example, to support him as a local businessman. Beka also notes that there is only one Creole grocer left nearby. The locals are unable to compete with the big chain stores from the United States and other western nations, and the "little guys" are being driven out. This is an important theme of the novel.

Another important part of this chapter is that Toycie's pregnancy is first hinted at. Toycie comes to pick Beka up for the first day of school, and she is obviously sick. She tells Beka her stomach hurts. Uh oh! And then, she vomits! A bad sign.

Vomiting was never regarded lightly among the women of Belize. It was something to be observed with theutmost suspicion.

As the chapter ends, Beka sees Toycie following Sister Virgil up the stairs to her office. Another bad sign.

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