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This is exemplified at the start of the chapter when Patty’s teacher catches her daydreaming in class. Patty apologized for looking out the window as Edna Louise was snickering and trying to get the class to make fun of Patty. The teacher praises Patty’s apology and then scolds Edna Louise. Patty has now realized that Edna Louise is “no person of value” (157) and at the same time seems to be gaining confidence in herself.
Patty’s confidence was shattered when she saw Sharon entertaining the local customers. They were all praising her and coining her as the special daughter. Patty once again feels devalued as a person. She tries to make herself feel more valuable by showing Sister Parker her ring and making up an absurd story. Sister Parker’s interest causes Patty to feel more important.
This gets Patty in trouble; Sister Parker brings up the ring to Patty’s father and he immediately wants to know who she got it from. When she retells her made-up story, her father becomes infuriated, thinking that a man molested Patty.
Patty’s fake story and insecurities is what causes the remaining events, in the novel, to unfold.
Patty is very hurt from her father’s beating. The sheriff comes to the store to question her. The sheriff forces Patty’s father to return the ring to her; he begins to question her about the pretend man in her story. Patty tells the same story she told Sister Parker and her father; the sheriff believes her innocence and does not think that the man hurt Patty.
Again Patty believes the ring will give her power. She refuses to speak to the sheriff until her father returns the ring to her.
Patty’s last statement in this chapter should also be noted. She adds to the ending of her story, and claims that the old man said “Patty...I could go through this world proud and happy if only God had seen fit to give me a daughter exactly like you” (171).
Right before Patty said this, she rubbed the ring’s crest across her lips. She felt its powers, aimed the ring directly at her father and stated the quote above. If Patty did not have this ring, she would have never directly said anything to her father as such.
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