I didnt want to believe the world could be so unjust

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“I didn’t want to believe the world could be so unjust. But of course it was right there in front of my nose. If the truth was a snake it would have bitten me a long time ago. It would have had me for dinner.” (Taylor Greer, page 214)oThematic Development: After finding out that Estevan and Esperanza might be deported, Taylor learns that life isn’t always fair. “Edna Poppy was sitting on the sofa with Turtle in her lap, all in one piece as far as I could see, but Turtle was changed. All these months we had spent together were gone for her. I knew it from her eyes: two cups of black coffee.” (Taylor Greer, page 222)oCharacter Development: After being assaulted at the park, Turtle’s personality has changed and returned to the time when Taylor first received her. “ . . . Cynthia she informed me that it had recently come to the attention of the Child Protection Services Division of the Department of Economic Security, in the course of the police investigation, that I had no legal claim to Turtle.” (Taylor Greer, page 233)oPlot Development: Taylor has to find a way to keep Turtle as her child or else she will be taken away from her. “I think we all felt the same exhaustion. There are times when it just isn’t possible to say goodbye.” (Taylor Greer, page 293)oThematic Development: When Taylor drops Esperanza and Estevan off at their safe house, she notes that goodbye just isn’t enough. “Estevan, do you understand what happened back there in the office, with Esperanza? . . . A catharsis.” (Taylor Greer and Estevan, page 294)oCharacter Development: When Esperanza and Estevan pretended to be Turtle’s parents so that Taylor could adopt her, Esperanza had a catharsis and found a way to move forward.

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