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Unformatted text preview:happiness because of her past history. Lucy is faced with a battle inside herself. She has a past that she wants to forget and it haunts her. As stated by Lucy, Mariah's goal is to show Lucy "the magic of a spring sky". Lucy and Mariah's conflict was a result of past memories. Jamaica Kincaid uses symbolism to show Lucy that happiness can be found anywhere. In the excerpt, it says, "As soon as spring comes," and so many plans would follow that I could not see how one little spring could contain them ... that was something she really wanted to do with me, to show me the magic of a spring sky." This quote shows that Lucy's conflict with Mariah allowed Lucy tosee that the world holds more for her than she realizes. The past can be forgotten.