The Secret Life of Bees - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

Sue Monk Kidd
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Chapter 9 Summary

Lily dissolves the barrier between June and herself, and they share a monumental embrace that forgives any differences they have. Lily then learns that her mother lived with the Boatwrights for some time before her death, and she is overwhelmed. Coming to the conclusion that now is the right time to confess her secrets, Lily summons up the courage to confront August. Nevertheless, before she can, Zach entices her to accompany him to the hardware store, where a racial dispute erupts that lands Zach in prison and destroys Lily's opportunity. Telling August will now have to wait.

With Zach in prison, the household is melancholy. Eager to see him released, they do not tell May to avoid upsetting her. Unfortunately, Zach's mother phones and divulges the circumstances to May, who reacts harshly.

Chapter 9 Analysis

When June finally accepts Lily, it is a beautiful...

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