She reminds Lily that no one could have stopped May's actions, just as no one can blame Zach for being in jail. The girl who sells tickets at the theater told the police which of the boys threw the bottle, so Zach was let out of jail. The vigil goes on for four days; during that time June is quietly thinking. Lily flips back and forth between hating her mother and pitying her. Forgiveness In the very first chapter of The Secret Life of Bees, Lily describes her mother, beginning what will be an overarching theme throughout the novel. August is wise enough to force Lily to face the ugly realities, and then build her back up and allow her to have both the knowledge of what it is like to be loved and dreams for the future. Lily reminisces about her mother, who died when she was four years old.
Mary Day is a lot of work. As a result, June got excused from all the prep duty to go hang out with Neil and pick out an engagement ring. I want to say they showed up like the angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary, setting events in motion I could never have guessed. August insists that she looks just like her mother. June apologizes to Lily for having given her a hard time at the beginning of her stay. Lily says okay and she braces herself for some more. She also teaches Lily about beekeeping, a skill handed down from mother to daughter.
What she wants, she must work for, as T. After a week of mourning, life returns to normal. No further distribution without written consent. August and Lily love to pour their peanuts in the soda. Once the mourning is over, the women have dinner together, say prayers, and August folds May's suicide note up and slips it in a crack in the side of Our Lady's neck. Lily panics and realizes she was an unwanted baby.
She wonders if the mourning will ever end. All of the sadness, evil, and ugliness of the world are contained in that wall, and now a piece of that same stone weighs May down in death, just as the knowledge of evil weighed her down in life. Suddenly, August stops in her tracks and calls for June--she has found May in the river. Ray when he demanded Lily get rid of it. According to August, this symbolic act originated in ancient Greece, where beekeeping also originated.
August reassures her, however, that not only Zach but also all the Boatwrights and Daughters of Mary, even June, all love Lily. The major theme of this chapter is that hard work and persistence pay off. Ray had first proposed to Deborah she had said no. Sometimes the quote is about Lily, sometimes about her mother, and other times about the community at the Boatright house. August exclaims that it is almost as if Lily was meant to find them. Ray, who had given it to his wife when she turned twenty-two. June, August and Lily pull May from the river.
Lily says a prayer to Mary, hoping May will be happier in heaven. August and Lily drape the hives in black cloth so that the bees can mourn symbolically. Lily also feels that she was unwanted. August was two years at the honey house when Deborah rang crying and saying she had nobody left. During this time of reflection, Lily grasps how much she loves this place and these people: the Daughters with their crazy hats; the beekeeping; the sisters and the zany water fight; the wedding plans; and the umbrella over them all Our Lady.
They are baking small cakes for Mary Day. August tells June that May was right. Pg 297 Lily tells how August was beaten up. Then, when Lily tells August her story about how she happened to come to the Boatright house, she explains with tears and sorrow that she loathes herself and is a worthless person who isn't worthy of love. Lily also begins to discover the adult realization that life cannot stand still. Rosaleen disapproves, but Lily knows that Rosaleen loves her.
Lily writes in her notebook but misses her old routine with the family. My mother died when I was four years old. Pg 281 They re-enact the story of the Lady of chains. In the peach stand, years ago, T. Draping the hives is less about the bees and more of a reminder to the living that life leads to death, which gives way to rebirth.
He gives her his dogtag so she will not forget. In this chapter you can see how Neil finally got June to accept his proposal after asking her for the hundredth time. I was always having to choose between decent hair and a good night's sleep. Lily often daydreams that Rosaleen becomes her mother and that they run away together. Neil arrives first and asks June to marry him, and she accepts.