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Quote #4

[…] I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. […] Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived. (1.39)

Little Bee asks us to enter into this pact as she observes the scars covering what she can see of Yevette's body. She wants us to try to find beauty in the human body transformed by scars. Do you agree with her perspective? Did it help you when you were reading the novel?

Quote #5

It started on the day we met Little Bee, on a lonely beach in Nigeria. The only souvenir I have of that first meeting is an absence where the middle finger of my left hand used to be. (2.15)

Sarah is physically and psychologically transformed when she lifts that machete and chops off the middle finger of her left hand. What are some of the ways it changes her? Does it make her a better person?

Quote #6

I realized: this is what you can do for her, Little Bee. You can understand. (7.32)

Little Bee helps Sarah positively transform her life by being utterly non-judgmental of Sarah and the choices she makes. In this case, Little Bee is being understanding about Sarah's relationship with Lawrence, and Sarah's need to take a mid-morning nap.

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