The Girls in the Garden Symbols & Objects

Jewell, Lisa
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Balloons

The balloons are a symbol of past happiness. Pip walks past the balloons that had been tied to their table in honor of Grace’s 13th birthday as she goes into the park to look for Grace. The balloons indicate the happiness the group of children who live near the park had at Grace’s birthday, but are also a foreshadowing that something bad is about to happen because they are described as “bobbing mournfully in the warm night breeze” (4).

The House

The house is a symbol of insanity. Pip wants to go and see the house in which she lived with her sister and parents even though it has been burned by her father. Chris suffered from schizophrenia and believed alien rats had invaded the house.

Piece of Cream-colored Silk

This piece of cream-colored silk is a symbol of comfort. Fern carries this piece of...

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