The vegetables that Tilden finds in the back yard during the rainstorm represent the unearthing of the family’s past secrets. As more of the family’s past is revealed, the family’s barren farm seems to grow more fertile, more prosperous. Once Dodge admits to the murder and dies, Halie observes a full field of crops, indicating that what’s left of the family may have a future just as the farm itself now seems to, and that both the family and the farm may be able to move beyond their sinful past.
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...he walks with a limp. He notices Dodge on the couch under the mess of corn husks. Bradley laboriously kneels beside Dodge, violently removes Dodge’s cap, and begins to shave Dodge’s... (full context)