Chapter 8 Summary

Lucky quickly puts her specimens back into their boxes, but Brigitte has already seen them. Brigitte sighs but does not make Lucky scrub the table as usual. Instead she goes to the window and looks out at the desert. She is carrying an envelope from Lucky’s father. He never sends a letter with his monthly check, but Lucky thinks it might happen someday. When she asks, Brigitte says he has not sent a letter this month, “only the little check that is never enough.”

Lucky has forgotten to put the laundry in the dryer as she was supposed to, so Brigitte goes to do it herself. A moment later, she screams and drags Lucky out of the trailer. When she is capable of speaking, she informs Lucky that there is a snake in the...

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