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Jeanette saw the truth about her congregations tunnel

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Jeanette saw the truth about her congregation’s tunnel vision after she starts seeing Katy. When the congregation finds out, they confront her. Elsie tries to defend Jeanette, but when “someone tried to sit her down, but she kept struggling and then she started coughing and then she fell over” when her body gave out. The congregation focused on Jeanette and fixing the perceived problem resulting in most of them ignoring the issue threatening Elsie’s life.Throughout Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette characterizes the strong female archetype by standing for what she believes despite the scorn of the community. The bulk of Jeanette’s trials take place in the chapter entitled “Ruth.” Jeanette, like Ruth, is described as strong-willed. “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; … Where thou diest, will I die… When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her” (Ruth 1:16-18: King
James’ Edition). Ruth is often described as steadfast and so it is appropriate that Jeanette’s trials take place in the in the chapter named for the Book of Ruth because it shows the parallels in howthey faced their tests.

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