As time passes, Taylor becomes more aware of Spanish- speaking people living with Mattie. The people come and go with the blue-jeaned priest whom Taylor met on her first visit to Mattie's shop. When Taylor asks Mattie about the people, Mattie asks her if she knows what a sanctuary is. Taylor's only familiarity is with sanctuaries set aside to protect birds. Mattie tells her that sanctuaries exist for people, too. Here, Kingsolver begins focusing Taylor's — and the reader's — attention on the plight of less fortunate people. Taylor's growing awareness of the world around her mirrors her newfound awareness of herself as a responsible adult in whose care a young girl has been placed. Taylor comes home from her job at Mattie's one evening and is upset because it is as if she and Turtle and Lou Ann and Dwayne Ray have become a family : She goes to work while Lou Ann stays
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