A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres Book 1, Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Ginny prepares to go to church. At church, the minister Henry Dodge speaks about the importance of tilling the soil. Afterwards, Ginny meets up with her sister, Caroline, and tells her that it’s not too late to reconcile with Larry—she just has to call him “Daddy.” Caroline tells Ginny that she refuses to be a “little girl.”
The community is so centered on farmland that even the pastor makes a speech about the importance of the soil. Notice, too, that Ginny tries to get Caroline to “respect” their dad and act like a little girl. Ginny seems so frightened of her father that she wants Caroline to mimic her (Ginny’s) own fears. She can’t conceive of a situation in which Caroline could respect Larry and yet not be frightened of him.
Themes
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Ginny continues to try to convince Caroline to go along with Larry’s plan for a corporation, but Caroline grows angry. She accuses Ginny of tricking Larry into giving up his property in order to get rich quick. Caroline walks off with Rose and Pete, who drive her away from the church. As Ginny watches her sisters drive away, she thinks that Larry’s plan was good, if not for him then for his children.
This is the first point in the novel when one of the characters accuses Ginny of being antagonistic to her family’s needs. Ginny is the protagonist of the novel, and so far has seemed like a reliable witness to the novel’s events. So it comes as a genuine surprise when Caroline accuses Ginny of trying to cheat Larry out of his property. An important point to realize is that Ginny, the narrator, would never admit to being greedy, so readers have to study her carefully by paying attention to the way other characters, such as Caroline, treat her.
Themes
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Women, Sexual Abuse, and Fertility Theme Icon
Inheritance, Land, and Memory Theme Icon