1. What is Jaime showing Ruby at the opening to the novel and who else is there?
In Chapter 1, Jamie Hunter is showing Ruby her new bedroom. Ruby's sister, Cora, is standing silently nearby. Outside her balcony, Jamie shows Ruby the outline of a pond he's planning that will be a complete eco-system.
2. What does Ruby say about her life before Cora picked her up earlier that day?
Ruby recalls her life before Cora had picked her up earlier that day. Ruby and her mother move often, eventually into a rundown yellow house that's somewhat secluded. Ruby's mom is often gone and when she is at home she seldom greets the Honeycutts, leaving that to Ruby. Because she's seldom seen, Ruby's mom is gone for two full months before the Honeycutts notice.
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