In this chapter, things go from bad to worse. Taylor finds out from Cynthia, the social worker, that because she doesn't have a legal claim to Turtle, the state of Arizona could take Turtle away from her. Because she already blames herself for what happened to Turtle in the park and feels inadequate as a parent, Taylor contemplates withdrawing into a protective shell and denying that she has responsibilities to people other than herself. She feels victimized. However, Kingsolver reverses the roles that she's established for her main characters by having Lou Ann, who is usually the victim, get mad at Taylor. Here, Kingsolver once again emphasizes the important interdependence between people. Lou Ann tells Taylor to do what Taylor has told her to do: to stand up and fight. Lou Ann's
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