Rayona's realization that Christine has picked up the box of medicine from Aunt Ida's without even waiting to see her emotionally devastates Rayona. She must finally face Christine's abandonment of her (although we learn in Christine's narration that Christine thinks she's actually helping Rayona by not seeing her).Rayona thinks, "I'm not as important as some package she needs from Seattle. My presence won't bring her back." As this point in the novel, however, without having yet read Christine's narration, we sympathize only with Rayona.During the ride to the Christian jamboree with Father Tom, Rayona lies that her mother is dead. But to a great extent, Christine is dead to Rayona — at least emotionally. Father Tom additionally complicates Rayona's life when he continually talks about how she's "different" in terms of her mixed racial heritage. Rayona denies that she's different from everyone else, but Father Tom's response —
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