Chapter 32 Summary

Genet and Rosina arrive home two days before school begins, and everyone celebrates their arrival. Rosina has a gold tooth that shows because she is grinning; Genet is radiant and transformed. She is wearing native dress and leaps first into Hema’s arms and then makes the rounds until she is back to hug Hema. Rosina’s hug for Marion is warm and affectionate, but he is envious of the long, loving embrace she gives Shiva. Now Marion sees that Rosina has always favored Shiva. Genet is happy, but she has changed. Her hair is shorter, her palms are orange with henna, she has pierced her ears, and she has grown more womanly. Rosina says, in a semiscolding tone, that the boys all want to be with her daughter and Genet does not...

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