Emily Calarco English 22 9/29/17 Chapter 2 Epigraph In The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, chapter 2 starts off with an epigraph that quotes, “On leaving the old nest, the swarm normally flies only a few metres and settles. Scout bees look for a suitable place to start the new colony. Eventually, one location wins favor and the whole swarm takes to the air”(Bees of the World). This is referring to Lily and Rosaleen fleeing to a new town, Tiburon, to go find out more about Lily’s mother’s past. The epigraph in this chapter discusses how, when leaving an old nest, bees search for somewhere new to begin their new lives. In this chapter, Lily has decided to leave her “nest” and find a new place to live. On her journey, the relationship between Lily and Rosaleen gets stronger. Their relationship is like a mother and daughter, while they are different races and it doesn’t seem to affect each of them. This epigraph means that when a nest for a bee’s living conditions become unbearable to live in, they must find another place more suitable to live in. Sooner or later, the bees find a better place to stay and the swarm transfers to that new place known as their home. Likewise, Lily’s living conditions became unbearable when Rosaleen goes to jail and T-ray tells her that her mother never truly loved her, “‘Not funny?’ he yelled. ‘Not funny? Why, it’s the funniest god damn thing that I ever heard: you think your mother is your guardian angels.’ He laughed again.’ The women could have cared less about you’” (Kidd 39). This affects Lily and makes her realize that she needs to find more of an applicable place to live. On her journey, she finds the town Tiburon and she takes Rosaleen with her. In conclusion, the “Scout bees” seem to predict that Rosaleen and Lily will soon go exploring for a new place to live.