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Lily sneaks into the hospital and manages to trick the guard into going back to the jail by pretending she is the jailer’s wife on the phone. Lily and Rosaleen escape and hitch a ride toward Tiburon from a truck driver.
That night Lily tells Rosaleen that she wants to go to Tiburon because her mother wrote the name of the town on the back of a picture of a Black Virgin Mary. Rosaleen is hurt that Lily did not come to the hospital just to save her, but because she had already run away. Lily goes to the other side of the creek and falls asleep. Later that night Lily finds Rosaleen bathing in the stream and joins her. They apologize to one another.
The epigraph in this chapter discusses how, when leaving the old nest, bees search for somewhere new to begin again. In this chapter, Lily has decided to leave her “nest” and find a new place to settle. Chapter Two develops the relationship between Lily and Rosaleen. Their relationship is primarily that of a mother and daughter; while they are of different races, this does not seem to affect their interaction frequently.
This novel will explore some Christian religious symbolism, primarily the Virgin Mary. However in this chapter the reader should be aware of the symbolic gesture of Lily and Rosaleen in the stream. Christian baptism marks the beginning of a new life for the initiate; his or her old life is washed away in the water. The reconciliation between Rosaleen and Lily in the water marks the beginning of their new life together. If any sense of hierarchy existed previously between the two (Lily as white and, therefore superior to the black Rosaleen) it will dissolve following this bath.
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