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Unformatted text preview: Ida's commentary begins with the mysterious phrase, "I never grew up, but I got old." However, throughout her narration, she explains what she means by this comment. At an early age, she assumed the awesome responsibility of raising a child as her own when she herself was figuratively still a child. Although Ida's narrative section is the last presented in the novel, hers — to a great degree — is the most important, for she explains the history that shapes her, Christine's, and Rayona's present and future. She explains, "My recollections are not tied to white paper. They have the depth of time." Continually she relives her past by creating her present, actions that ironically separate her from the people about whom she thinks. Hers is a lonely existence: "I have to tell this story every day, add to it, revise, invent the parts I forget or never knew. No one but me carries it all and no one will — it, revise, invent the parts I forget or never knew....
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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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