Abigail Alon ENGLISH EPIGRAM: Chapter 1: “The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few short hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness.”The epigraphs before each chapter of Secret Life of Beesgive readers a preview of the chapter’s content. The general theme of this chapter, then, is how Lily’s life has been affected by her mother’s absence. Chapter 2: “On leaving the old nest, the swarm normally flies only a few meters and settles. Scout bees look for a suitable place to start the new colony. Eventually, one location wins favor and the whole swarm takes up the air.”–Bees of the World FLIES, SWARM, LEAVING, all words in the quote that precedes chapter two, stand out. In chapter two, Lily decides she is going to leave T. Ray’s house and her mother’s memory in Sylvan, and go to Tibourn, South Carolina to find a new family of her own.