Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #7

And as soon as the doctors said that Mattie could be moved, Zeena sent for her and took her back to the farm." (Epilogue.20)

This is one of the most ambiguous lines in the novel. We have no way of knowing precisely why Zeena takes Mattie back. Some possibilities are pity, genuine compassion, guilt, shame, revenge, appearances, and just having someone to take care of…What do you think motivates her?

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