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Price Family Arrives in the Congo "She wouldn't go against him, of course. But once she understood there was no turning back, our mother went to laying out in the spare bedroom all the worldly things she thought we'd need . . ." (13).
Ruth May Dies "As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer’s long hair in water. I knew the weight was there but it didn’t touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I began to drown" (381).
Orleanna and Nathan Marry "And even if anyone had been waiting for my opinion, I wouldn’t have known how to form one. I’d never known any married person up close. What did I know of matrimony? From where I stood, it looked like a world of flattering attention, and what’s more, a chance to cross the county line" (195).
Market Day "Until that moment I’d thought I could have it both ways: to be one of them, and also my husband’s wife . . . I was his instrument, his animal. Nothing more" (89).
Nathan Returns From Deployment "That was the last I would ever hear from the man I’d married— one who could laugh, call me his 'honey lamb,' and trust in the miracle of good fortune" (196).
Staying After Congoleese Independence "'For my own part,' she said, and faltered. 'For the girls, I'd like to . . .' 'You'd like to what, Orleanna.' Father was still right out there in the doorway, so we could see his face. He looked like a mean boy fixing to smash puppies with a brick" (168).
Ruth May Is Born
Ruth May Forgives Orleanna “Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember. Think of the vine that curls from the small square plot that was once my heart. That is the only marker you need. Move on. Walk forward into the light” (543).
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