When Women Were Birds - Chapters XLI-XLII Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter XLI, Williams describes her experience of spending a night in jail because she was caught speeding while driving on a suspended license. She believes she is fraudulent in her lifestyle. She thinks that it is not sustainable and it is time for her to consider making changes. She hears the other women cussing and tells them those words are ugly. She compares the women to caged birds with clipped wings. When she is released, Brooke is waiting outside for her.

In Chapter XLII, Williams continues to consider her prison experience. She believes some people, especially writers, live both on the inside and on the outside. She changes her focus to the book of Ruth in the Bible. Even though Ruth was an outsider, she swore her loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi, after her husband died. She took care of both herself...

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