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Christine's decision to attend Lee's funeral on the reservation is a signal of her growing maturity.  Knowing that she will be criticized for Lee's death because she emotionally blackmailed him into  enlisting into the military, she nevertheless bundles up Rayona and heads to Aunt Ida's. As she  states at the Chapter's beginning, "My brother's death was a place I had to go, a thing I had to do."  Her growing responsibilities include facing her painful past and her less-than-stellar treatment of both  Lee and Dayton. Another sign of Christine's growing maturity is the mixed feelings she has while traveling to Aunt  Ida's. Although she has traveled the stretch of road many times before, "Today was different. The  land drained the life from me, pulled me apart in all directions." Ironically, her comment "drained the  life from me" reminds us of why she's traveling: Lee has no life left to drain. Resolved to act  responsibly as a mother to Rayona, a sister to Lee, and a daughter to Aunt Ida, Christine 
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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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