Grandfather's going to Fingerbone and the train's derailment;
Grandmother's housekeeping and
serving as a care-taker (mother) twice.
Aunt Lily and Nona
Sylvie's arrival--> Ruth confuses Sylvie with Helen. (52-53)--> the
house is Sylvie's
The flood, which transforms Fingerbone.
Ruthie and Lucille play truant and go to the lake, seeing Sylvie on
[Summer] Ruthie and Lucille frequent the lake (resurrection 96) and
the woods; Lucille's preference for having the room lit and her
questions of Sylvie.
[Summer] Ruthie and Lucille have different views of their
mother. Ruthie and Lucille go to
the woods, fishing and then staying there overnight. There both of
them have a dream.--> Lucille makes up her mind to change her life.
Separation between Ruth and Lucille starts, with Lucille's getting
interested in making dresses, studying, making friends, not talking to
her at school and going to dances. Ruth gets lonelier,
wanting to use reading Latin to distract herself. --> Lucille
decides to live at the Home Economic teacher's. --> Sylvie: "We'll be
Sylvie and Ruth go to the valley between the mountains where there
are lost children.
Ruth's identification with lost children, and the ideas of tearing down
their house and disembodying herself emerge.
* Images of birth
The town intervenes in stopping Ruth from becoming a transient.
Sylvie tries to improve herself by doing housekeeping well, and planning
on having a thanksgiving party. -> There will be a hearing.
Ruth shows her unwillingness to be separated; her pre-occupation with
family deaths in the lake. She re-writes the history of Creation
by having it developed through family fragmentation, with the memory of
the garden (where we sleep as one child in
mother Eve) pulls us forward. She tries to imagine what
would have happened if her mother
does not commit suicide.
Ruth and Sylvie keep on doing the housekeeping work. They burn
away all the old magazines, newspapers, and books. Ruth plays
hide-and-seek with Sylvie, only to be found by the sheriff.
*Circular narration about the past.
They burn down the house and cross the bridge.
*Circular narration about what happen to them while and after crossing
1st -- They cross the bridge with Ruth thinking about the house's being
burned behind her back. --> She thinks of the time they spent with
their mother in the park.
2nd -- "LAKE CLAIMS TWO. . . .It happened many years ago."
When did I become so unlike other people." --> Her whole life of loss
recounted in brief.
--> "Something happened . . ."
--> "I will try to tell you the plain truth." They wander as
transients, trying to find Lucille in Boston without success.
3rd "All this is fact. Fact explains nothing." "Perhaps"
Lucille lives in the old house. "Or Imagine" Lucille in Boston.