Chapter 7 Summary

Sarah awakens Little Bee as Chapter 7 begins. She wants Little Bee to accompany her to the grocery store, but it is really an excuse for Sarah to try to explain to her guest, in private, the reason Lawrence is still in her home that morning. As Sarah stumbles around, trying to be diplomatic, Little Bee surprises her by laughing. She tells Sarah that everyone is just trying to be happy. If Lawrence makes her happy, that's good enough for Little Bee.

Little Bee is then silent, her own thoughts turning to the dreadful day when her village was stormed. The men, she remembers, came during their evening meal. Women grabbed their children and ran for their lives, into the jungle. They could hear the screams of their menfolk being slaughtered as they fled.

Sarah gets milk at the market and the two return home. She tells Little Bee that Charlie won't be awake for a while and that she is going back to bed. Little Bee knows she wants some more private time with Lawrence. It occurs to the young woman that the best thing she can do for her host is to simply understand and not judge.

With the house quiet, Little Bee is left alone with her thoughts. It occurs to her that she has never given any thought to her future. It is not something she had ever thought she would be "entitled to." For most of her life, surviving day to day was the norm.

Charlie has awakened and comes downstairs. He switches on the television and the two watch together. Little Bee gradually becomes aware that Lawrence has been standing in the doorway of the kitchen, watching them. She is a bit startled but Lawrence reassures her, saying she is doing so well relating to Charlie.

The two adults leave Charlie in the living room and go to the kitchen. There, Lawrence confronts Little Bee about her immigration status and the problems she is likely to bring about for Sarah and Charlie. Little Bee sees through his veneer of concern about Sarah....

(The entire section is 787 words.)