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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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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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