* Jean describes her mother who is very religious.
* Her mother likes confrontation and "wrestling". She sees the world in black and white and divides everything into friends and enemies.
* The mother didn't want to physically bear children so she adopted Jean.
* Sundays were devoted to religious activities and were "vigorous".
* Jean's father is finally mentioned only as her mother's husband. It is clear the mother, and her agenda, rule the household.
* Jean's mother looks down on the poor neighbors and cheap clothing stores.
* Jean is allowed to go to the fair once a year if she brings back black peas. One year there a palm reader tells her she will never marry.
* Jean is invited to to the seashore by two unmarried women who run a shop together. Her mother never lets her return to the shop and says the women deal in "unnatural passions".
* On Sundays...
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