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Bastard Out of Carolina Chapter 7

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Chapter 7

  • One afternoon, Anney sees Bone produce two Tootsie Rolls for her and Reese, and she confronts Bone tearfully about where they came from.
  • Bone lies and says that they came from Uncle Earle. Then she says they came from Aunt Alma. Finally, she admits she stole them from the Woolworth's counter with Grey and Garvey.
  • Anney tells Bone about Tommy Lee, Ruth's oldest son, who has stolen from everyone in the family. When he was younger, Anney says, he would steal candy and give it away, thinking that it made people like him. Now he has an excuse for everything, from why he beats his girlfriends to why he can't keep a job. Bone remembers Grey telling her with pride about how he learned to break locks from Tommy Lee, but she is ashamed at the thought of anyone who would steal from his or her own mother.
  • Anney and Bone get in the car. Looks like it's time to apologize. Anney tells Bone how when she and Raylene were girls, they picked strawberries for a man and hid the unripe ones under ripe ones so that it looked like they were all ripe. Granny found out, bought up all of the green unripe ones, and made Anney and Raylene eat all of them until they were sick. Bone says that Anney must have hated Granny for it, and Anney is silent for a moment before saying that there's no other way to do it.
  • Anney and Bone go to the Woolworth's candy counter. Anney pushes Bone toward the salesgirl and says that she has something to say. Bone starts to cry. Anney just waits, and then the manager comes over. He looks like he's going to laugh at them, and Bone suddenly feels anger.
  • Bone tells the manager that she stole the candy and that she's sorry, but inside she hates him.
  • The manager says that it's lucky that her mama found out when she did, and that to help teach her the seriousness of her crime, he's not going to let her come back to Woolworth's until her mama comes in and tells them that she has learned her lesson.
  • Bone feels Anney's anger and knows that Anney is never going to come near that place again.
  • Bone looks around and feels a hunger at the back of her throat—a feeling she gets every time she passes Woolworth's or goes to visit Glen's family.
  • Glen's brothers' wives stay at home instead of working, and their husbands speak badly of women who work. Earle and Beau say that Glen's father is awfully proud for a man who runs cows, but Glen tells then not to say anything about his daddy. Glen complains about his family but then justifies how they behave. He makes Anney and the girls visit his family every other month, even though it's obvious that Glen's family thinks that they are beneath them.
  • Whenever Glen is around his father, he loses confidence, gets nervous, and stutters. Bone tries to reconcile the two images she has of Glen in her mind: the one of Glen screaming at her, and the one of him with his head hanging in shame in front of his father.
  • Glen's family isn't as big as the Boatwright family, but they're always having birthday parties for somebody. Bone and Reese stay outside while the spoiled Waddell children run in and out of the house, tracking mud on the rugs and screaming. Bone and Reese keep asking Anney when they can leave, but there is always an excuse for why they have to stay.
  • Bone looks at the nice house and everything in it and wants to be worth it all. She hears Daryl and James looking at her mother's Pontiac and calling it "n***** trash," saying that Anney and the kids go with the car.
  • Furious, Bone walks over to the rose bushes. She starts pulling buds off and picking them apart.

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