Heart Berries - 8: The Leaving Deficit Summary & Analysis

Mailhot, Terese Marie
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Afraid of losing Casey, she leaves him first and goes to her friend Barbara's. Barbara dismisses white men and thinks that Casey does not know how to communicate love. They exchange theories before concluding that maybe Casey is not the problem and that maybe there is no problem at all, which Terese cannot deal with. Every time she leaves, Casey says he cannot make her stay and every time, she thinks "Can't you." Terese remembers that her mother wanted her "to see the deficit white people leave" (106).

Terese writes that "nobody wants to know why Indian women leave or where they go" (106). She also says that "the truth of our leaving or coming into the world is never told" (106). She remembers her mother's boyfriend Larry who was a drunk and writes that he touched and groped her inappropriately. Her mother ignored it...

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