"No, a boy is better. Except your daughter. Your daughter is different. Your daughter is as good as a boy. Almost!" He laughs at his sally. "Hey, Lucy!"
Lucy smiles, but he knows she is embarrassed. (15.88-89)
Yet she too will have to leave, in the long run. As a woman alone on a farm she has no future, that is clear. Even the days of Ettinger, with his guns and barbed wire and alarm systems, are numbered. If Lucy has any sense she will quit before a fate befalls her worse than a fate worse than death. But of course she will not. She is stubborn, and immersed, too, in the life she has chosen. (15.128)