The Grass Dancer - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Susan Power
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The year is 1969. Margaret Many Wounds is dying. Her twin daughters Lydia and Evelyn are with her during this time as well as her five-year-old grandson, Harley Wind Soldier. Although Lydia has continuously lived on the reservation, Evelyn had long ago left the reservation to live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband Philbert. There has always been an unspoken competition between Lydia and Evelyn. Even though they are twins, they look and act very different. Evelyn sees Lydia as the beautiful "good daughter" who does everything right and is Margaret's favorite. Evelyn is more rebellious. She is surprised, then, when Margaret tells her she has always been the favorite. Lydia is, as always, silent.

Although Margaret has been a Catholic for much of her life, she rejected that religion in her final weeks. Margare decided to return to the religion of her ancestors. One night, Lydia...

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