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After two days of vigil, August discovers May’s suicide note. May tells them that it is time for her to die and that they should all live a good life. August tells June that May also means for her to live by marrying Neil. After the mourning, they all prepare for Mary Day or Feast of Assumption. During the preparations, Neil proposes to June and she accepts his proposal. They celebrate Mary Day with the Daughters of Mary. Their feast and the rituals help Lily feel better and make her stronger in talking to August about her mother. Lily finally confides in August about her mother. August already knows she is Deborah’s daughter because Lily looks like her. Lily narrates to August why she is with Rosaleen and how she finds August. August tells Lily that she worked as a housemaid and nanny for Deborah before, while she was studying and waiting for a teaching job. She also tells Lily that Deborah married T. Ray because she was already pregnant with Lily. She adds that, one day, Deborah came to August without Lily because she was depressed. Lily is upset that her mother left her with T.Ray for three months before returning to get her. She feels abandoned and unloved. Nevertheless, after days of reflection, Lily forgives her mother. One day, T.Ray arrives to take Lily back. He slaps her because he thought Lily was Deborah leaving him again. August promises T.Ray that she will take care of Lily. T.Ray leaves. Lily stops his truck and asks him if she indeed killed her mother. T.Ray said yes. Lily lives with the Boatwrights. She learns to appreciate that she is blessed with many more mothers than she dreams of.
I understand why Lily is upset with her mother for leaving her, but I also understand why Deborah left. Deborah loved T.Ray for who she thought he was, a knight in shining armor who will treat her like a princess. When she found out that T.Ray is interested in things that she was not interested in, the
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