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So, Rosie and her father lived for a while with two women, her mother and Ume Hanazono.

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The above quote explains the dual identity of Rosie's mother. By day, Rosie's mother is Tome Hayashi, an agricultural laborer. Along with her husband and the Carrascos—a Mexican family hired for the harvest—Tome picks tomatoes and boxes them for transport. Apart from her day job, however, Tome is also a writer of haikus.

Her professional name is Ume Hanazono. It is Ume who befuddles Rosie. When Tome manifests herself as her literary alter ego, her behavior appears inscrutable to her husband and daughter. She mutters to herself, makes copious notes, and doesn't reply when spoken to. Ume Hanazono is fully focused on making a mark for herself in the literary world.

However, her obsession masks an inner unhappiness that she is loath to reveal to her husband and Rosie. Past tragedies, encapsulated in a broken love match and a stillbirth, continue to haunt Tome in the present. Tome is petrified that Rosie will inherit and repeat her own troubled history. The quote above emphasizes Tome's fractured self and her drive to infuse meaning into her life.

Then, standing up, still singing, for she was possessed by the notion that any attempt now to analyze would result in spoilage and she believed that the larger her volume, the less she would be able to hear herself think, she obtained more hot water and poured it on until she was free of lather.

In the above quote, Rosie takes a bath; her actions are both practical and cathartic in nature. Fresh off Jesus's kiss, Rosie is in seventh heaven. However, her euphoria is marred by unspoken and vague fears. The kiss has awakened Rosie to the power of her own sexuality, and she is equal parts fearful and thrilled.

Rosie's ambivalent reaction leads her to take a bath. She luxuriates in her awakened sexuality and soaps herself at "exaggerated leisure." Although she can't forget Jesus's electric kiss, she is also afraid of what it could mean. Would she cease to be Rosie the girl? Must she now be Rosie the woman? Most...

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