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Mary writes a brief letter to Junior. She's still job hunting. In the meantime she's decided to write her life story—about leaving her house and finding her home. She misses her family and asks Junior to send her love. Mary encloses a picture of her new house, a trailer, which she calls "the most gorgeous place in the world." Junior sketches the trailer with bumper stickers and a beer can.
Mary's foray into the adult world isn't quite a dream come true. She's still optimistic, but she's facing a common disadvantage in the job market, and the home she admires seems small even to Junior. But the spirit and independence in her letter is clear.
As promising as the "Indian Pride" bumper stickers and witty sayings on her trailer are, the beer can is ominous. It foreshadows how Mary's life, like her father's, may revolve around drinking. Young as she is, Mary's not yet achieved the trappings of full adulthood and self-sufficiency; she's floundering a bit. Still, Mary's left the tribe and doesn't even consider Wellpinit home anymore. And she's surviving. Fresh off Junior's conversation with Gordy about the isolation of the weird, Mary's letter and her upbeat attitude (despite her less-than-perfect circumstances) encourage him to stick with it.