A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres

Ginny Cook Smith Character Analysis

The protagonist and narrator of the novel, daughter of Larry Cook and wife of Tyler Smith. Ginny is a frustrated farmer’s daughter, full of repressed desires and thwarted ambitions. Along with Rose Cook Lewis, her sister, she accepts Larry’s inheritance: his farmland. Over the course of the novel, she becomes closer to her family, especially to Rose, but begins to drift away from Rose when they compete for the same man, Jess Clark. Ginny also remembers and then contends with her traumatic childhood, during which her own father repeatedly raped her. Ginny’s path in the novel is depressing and sometimes nihilistic: she’s blessed with her father’s inheritance, but a mixture of greed, trauma, jealousy, and vengefulness lead her to break off all relations with her husband, sisters, and father. By the end of the novel, she’s still a prisoner of her own traumatic past. Ginny corresponds to the character Goneril in King Lear.

Ginny Cook Smith Quotes in A Thousand Acres

The A Thousand Acres quotes below are all either spoken by Ginny Cook Smith or refer to Ginny Cook Smith. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

There was no way to tell by looking that the land beneath my childish feet wasn’t the primeval mold I read about in school, but it was new, created by magic lines of tile my father would talk about with pleasure and reverence. Tile “drew” the water, warmed the soil, and made it easy to work, enabled him to get into the field with his machinery a mere 24 hours after the heaviest storm.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 15
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Book 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

At the pig roast, Jess Clark and the new machinery were Harold’s twin exhibits, and guests from all over the area couldn’t resist, had no reason to resist, the way he ferried them between the two, asking for and receiving admiration with a kind of shameless innocence that he was known for.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Harold Clark, Jess Clark
Page Number: 18
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Book 1, Chapter 6 Quotes

We’ll stop making allowances tomorrow. This is important. He’s handing over his whole life, don’t you understand that? We have to receive it in the right spirit. And Rose and Pete and even Ty are ready to receive it. Just do it this once. Last time, I promise.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis, Caroline Cook, Laurence Cook, Tyler “Ty” Smith, Pete Lewis
Page Number: 34
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Book 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

What is a farmer?
A farmer is a man who feeds the world.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 45
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Book 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

I have this recurring nightmare about grabbing things that might hurt me, like that straight razor Daddy used to have, or a jar of some poison that spills on my hands. I know I shouldn’t and I watch myself, but I can’t resist.

Related Characters: Rose Cook Lewis (speaker), Ginny Cook Smith, Laurence Cook
Related Symbols: The Jar of Sausages
Page Number: 62
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Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

It was a pantry cabinet, a sink, four base cabinets, and two wall cabinets, as well as eight fee of baby blue laminated countertop, … which my father had bought for a thousand dollars.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 80
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“He is crazy,” said Rose. Anyway, Ginny, you’re running out of money

and you have all the expensive rentals left before you get to Go.”

Related Characters: Rose Cook Lewis (speaker), Ginny Cook Smith
Related Symbols: Monopoly
Page Number: 82
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Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

Now that I remembered that little girl and that young, running man, I couldn’t imagine what had happened to them.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 106
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Book 2, Chapter 16 Quotes

After you’ve confided long enough in someone, he or she assumes the antagonism you might have just been trying out. It was better for now to keep this conversation to myself.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis
Page Number: 119
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Book 3, Chapter 19 Quotes

She wore a cast for eight weeks, and she made a sleeve for it with the words PETE DID THIS, glued on it in felt letters.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis, Pete Lewis
Page Number: 141
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Book 3, Chapter 20 Quotes

It was exhilarating, talking to my father as if he were my child, more than exhilarating to see him as my child.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 148
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Book 3, Chapter 23 Quotes

I flattered you when I called you a bitch! What do you want to reduce me to? I’ll stop this building! I’ll get the land back! I’ll throw you whores off this place. You’ll learn what it means to treat your father like this. I curse you!

Related Characters: Laurence Cook (speaker), Ginny Cook Smith, Rose Cook Lewis
Page Number: 183
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Book 3, Chapter 24 Quotes

“He didn’t rape me, Ginny. He seduced me. He said it was okay, that it was good to please me, that he needed it, that I was special. He said he loved me.”
I said, “I can’t listen to this.”

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 190
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“He won’t get away with it, Ginny. I won’t let him get away with it. I just won’t.”

Related Characters: Rose Cook Lewis (speaker), Ginny Cook Smith, Laurence Cook
Page Number: 192
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Book 3, Chapter 28 Quotes

It was incredible to hear Rose speak like this, but it was intoxicating, too, as sweet and forbidden as anything I had ever done.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis
Page Number: 216
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Since then I’ve often thought we could have taken our own advice, driven to the Twin Cities and found jobs as waitresses, measured out our days together in a garden apartment, the girls in one bedroom, Rose and I in the other, anonymous, ducking forever a destiny that we never asked for, that was our father’s gift to us.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis, Laurence Cook, Pamela, Linda
Page Number: 220
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Book 5, Chapter 36 Quotes

I was so remarkably comfortable with the discipline of making a good appearance!

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker)
Page Number: 285
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Book 5, Chapter 39 Quotes

One of the jars of sausage was close to the edge of the table. I pushed it back and looked at Jess again. For the first time in weeks what was unbearable felt bearable.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Jess Clark
Related Symbols: The Jar of Sausages
Page Number: 314
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Book 5, Chapter 40 Quotes

I continued to behave as if I was living in the sight of all our neighbors, as Mr. Cartier had told us to. I waited for Rose to die, but the weather was warm for sauerkraut and liver sausage—that was a winter dish.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Rose Cook Lewis, Jean Cartier
Related Symbols: The Jar of Sausages
Page Number: 316
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One thing was surely true about going to court. It had marvelous divided us from each other and from our old lives. There could be no reconciliation now.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker)
Page Number: 326
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Book 5, Chapter 41 Quotes

Ty yelled, “I gave my life to this place!”
Without looking around at him, I yelled back, “Now it’s yours!”

Related Characters: Tyler “Ty” Smith (speaker), Ginny Cook Smith
Page Number: 330
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Book 6, Chapter 45 Quotes

“Look at Daddy! He knew he’d treated me unfairly, but that we really felt love for each other. He made amends. We got really close at the end.”

“How did he mistreat you?”
“Well, by getting mad and cutting me out of the farm.”

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Caroline Cook (speaker), Laurence Cook
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I had a burden lift off me that I hadn’t even felt the heaviness of until then, and it was the burden of having to wait and see what was going to happen…

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker)
Page Number: 367
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Epilogue Quotes

I can’t say that I forgive my father, but now I can imagine what he probably chose never to remember—the goad of an unthinkable urge, pricking him, pressing him wrapping him in an impenetrable fog of self that must have seemed, when he wandered around the house late at night after working and drinking, like the very darkness. This is the gleaming obsidian shaft I safeguard above all the others.

Related Characters: Ginny Cook Smith (speaker), Laurence Cook
Page Number: 371
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Book 1, Chapter 2
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...has changed—their parents are still stubborn, old-fashioned, and subtly competitive. Jess addresses the narrator as Ginny. (full context)
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Ginny asks Jess where he’s been living, and what he’s been doing with his life. Jess... (full context)
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...arrives at the party, and greets Jess warmly. The last time Tyler and Jess talked, Ginny thinks, Tyler seems far more mature. Now, it seems, Tyler and Jess are equally old... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 3
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Ginny describes her great grandparents, who emigrated from England to Zebulon County in 1890. At first,... (full context)
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When Ginny’s great grandparents’ daughter (i.e., her grandmother), Edith, was 16 and John Cook was 23, they... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4
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Ginny comes to Harold Clark’s house, where she finds Rose, Caroline, and Larry. Larry is explaining... (full context)
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...who’s drunk, angrily tells Caroline that if she doesn't want his money, she’s “out.” As Ginny witnesses this exchange, she realizes a crucial difference between Caroline and herself and Rose: Ginny... (full context)
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Book 1, Chapter 5
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Ginny thinks back to Rose’s decision to marry Pete. Ginny was impressed with Pete, since Pete... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6
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Ginny prepares to go to church. At church, the minister Henry Dodge speaks about the importance... (full context)
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Ginny continues to try to convince Caroline to go along with Larry’s plan for a corporation,... (full context)
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Ginny and Tyler go to Larry’s house, where Jess is drinking coffee, alone. While Ty drives... (full context)
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Ginny asks Jess to tell him about his time in Seattle, and Jess obliges. In Seattle,... (full context)
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Ginny hears Ty driving back: she sees that he’s found Harold and Loren. Another car pulls... (full context)
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Caroline’s car arrives. When Caroline comes to the front door, Ginny opens it, but then Larry slams the door in Caroline’s face. Larry yells for the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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Ginny recalls a neighbor, Cal Ericson. Cal owned lots of animals, which he kept on his... (full context)
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Ginny’s mother, Mrs. Cook, got along decently well with Mrs. Ericson, though deep down she agreed... (full context)
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One night at dinner, Ty and Ginny talk with Larry about their plans to enrich the land Larry has given them. Larry... (full context)
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The next day, Ginny goes to plant tomatoes on her property. While she’s outside planting, she sees Jess Clark,... (full context)
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...Alison while working with her at a crisis center. Jess admired her kindness and dedication. Ginny is reminded of Rose’s breast cancer diagnosis, and Jess insists that nobody told him that... (full context)
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...he went to Canada to dodge the draft, and his mother never properly forgave him. Ginny tells Jess she’s sorry, and Jess smiles, saying that he believes that life is good,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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Ginny knows that it’s been three months since Rose’s operation, meaning that Rose, who’s been undergoing... (full context)
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Rose and Ginny walk through the city, and Rose admits that she’s been depressed for a long time.... (full context)
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Ginny admits to Rose that she’s always had problems opening up to people outside her family;... (full context)
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Caroline was six when her mother died, Ginny remembers. She was an agreeable child who never bothered anyone, and Larry often said she... (full context)
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Rose and Ginny looked out for Caroline, their little sister. In high school, they made sure that Larry... (full context)
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Rose calls Ginny later that evening and reports that she can see Larry from her house, watching Ty... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 11
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Jess emerges from the bathroom and talks about Ginny’s house, which used to belong to the Ericsons: Larry bought the property from them when... (full context)
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Ty suggests that Jess rent out some land next year, and Ginny realizes that Ty likes Jess as much as she does: he wants Jess around for... (full context)
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It’s late at night, but Ty, Jess, and Ginny talk about a news story: a woman was murdered in a nearby town. A man... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
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Pete plays Monopoly aggressively, spending all his money on property instead of saving it. Ginny notices that Pete can be a lot of fun: he tells goofy stories about hitchhiking... (full context)
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...his house using concrete in the kitchen—a plan that everyone finds absurd. The next day, Ginny sees that Larry has ordered expensive new doors and cabinets for his own kitchen, but... (full context)
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One night, Larry comes to Ginny’s for dinner and Ty mentions that it’s going to rain soon. Ginny asks what Larry... (full context)
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At Monopoly night, Ginny and Rose talk about Larry’s expensive, irresponsible orders, and Rose notes that Ginny is “running... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 13
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The next day, Ginny drives Linda and Pammy to the nearby community swimming pool. In the car, the children... (full context)
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...the pool, Pam wears a pair of sunglasses that she bought in Iowa City, and Ginny realizes that nobody will recognize her while she’s wearing the glasses. Mary Livingstone, an older... (full context)
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Mary and Ginny talk about Ginny’s mother, whom Mary knew well. Mary tells Ginny that Ginny’s mother was... (full context)
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As Ginny watches the children, she thinks about what Mary has said: Mary sized her up completely.... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14
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On Sunday, Ginny honors her promise to herself and calls Caroline. She calls, and Caroline immediately asks if... (full context)
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After her phone call, Rose tells Ginny that Caroline barely visited her during her time in the hospital, and suggests that Caroline... (full context)
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As she falls asleep, Ginny thinks about all the stories she’s heard about her father, a legendary farmer, over the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
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Harold Clark is a strange, contradictory man, Ginny thinks. He loves showing off with his new tractor, annoying Larry greatly. One night over... (full context)
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...he would experiment with different crops and a more ambitious farming schedule. Ty is offended, Ginny can tell. The next day, Ty complains to Ginny that Jess is overly ambitious with... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 16
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...stands up from the Monopoly game and throws the board to the ground, infuriating Pete. Ginny remembers that Pete used to beat Rose. Ginny remembers that when Pete broke her arm,... (full context)
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...a car accident, and he’s in the hospital. Rose mutters, “It’s about time.” Rose and Ginny drive separately to the hospital, and in their car, Ty and Ginny talk about how... (full context)
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...Jess, Harold, and Loren come by to drop off some frozen supplies with Ty and Ginny. Jess kisses Ginny when Ty isn’t looking, and tells her to meet him in the... (full context)
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...back from their search for Larry, only to go out again. As she falls asleep, Ginny can’t stop thinking about what she’s just learned: Larry used to sexually abuse Rose. Although... (full context)
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After Marv’s visit, Harold Clark stops by to tell Ginny that there’s a problem: Larry refuses to visit with Ginny or Rose anymore. Ginny insists... (full context)
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For diner, Ty and Ginny host a businessman from Kansas, who’s been talking to them about state-of-the-art farming equipment. The... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 27
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Ginny decides that it’s time for her family to start seeing a psychiatrist: about Larry’s insanity,... (full context)
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Ginny meets with Rose and tells her that it’s time to confront Larry about his abuse.... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 28
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It’s Sunday, and the church holds a huge potluck. Ginny and Rose wear their best clothes and go to church, where they find Larry, looking... (full context)
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Finally, Larry comes to speak with Rose and Ginny. He immediately launches into a description of homes for the elderly, insisting that the conditions... (full context)
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At the potluck, Ginny runs into Jess. Jess reports that his brother Loren went into Mason City. In the... (full context)
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Everybody takes food and sits down to enjoy the meal. Rose and Ginny sit near Larry and Harold and try to make conversation with their father, but he... (full context)
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Rose and Ginny leave the potluck—Harold Clark’s insults have left them unable to talk to their father. The... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 29
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Ginny remembers her mother. Mrs. Cook was a dedicated, hard-working woman, though not especially smart or... (full context)
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After the disastrous potluck, Jess tells Ginny and Rose that he needs a new place to stay while Larry and Harold calm... (full context)
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Inside the house, Ginny explores the attic and comes across old decorative plates and clothes that belonged to her... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 30
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Ginny waits for Jess to stop by talk. Strangely, she only sees him twice, and he’s... (full context)
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...of Harold: Jess was jogging, Larry was talking to Marv Carson, Ty was working, and Ginny was driving Pammy. At the hospital, Harold discovers that he’s now blind. (full context)
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Ty tells Ginny about Harold’s blindness, and seems angry that Ginny isn’t more sympathetic. Ginny goes to tell... (full context)
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Jess enters the house, and has a serious talk with Ginny and Rose. Rose accuses Jess of pretending to feel sorry for his father because he... (full context)
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After their conversation, Ginny, Rose, and Jess don’t visit Harold in the hospital at all. When Ginny sees Loren,... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 31
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Ginny remembers a time when Caroline was fourteen years old. Caroline was performing in a school... (full context)
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Back in the present, Ginny learns that Caroline is helping Larry sue her and Rose, citing the revocation clause of... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 32
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After her call with Caroline, Ginny feels as if she has the flu. She drives by herself to the Columbus quarry,... (full context)
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Pete and Ginny both agree that they should be getting home soon. As they walk back to their... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 33
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When Ginny returns home, she finds that Ty has eaten and left the house. She sits outside... (full context)
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The narrative flashes forward to Sunday afternoon: Ginny is in the kitchen, basting a turkey. Ty enters the room carrying some of Ginny’s... (full context)
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Ginny reveals that the clothes are a relic of her most recent miscarriage—she threw her bloody... (full context)
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Ty and Ginny eat dinner with some of their workers, who tell Ty that they’ll be done with... (full context)
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Ty accuses Ginny of hiding secrets from him, and Ginny realizes that lately she’s hated Ty: for talking... (full context)
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Late at night, Ginny wakes up next to Ty. She sneaks out of the house and goes over to... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 34
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Two days later, Ty and Ginny get a visit from Henry Dodge, the minister. While Ty works outside, Dodge eats a... (full context)
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After Henry Dodge leaves, Ginny decides to drive to the center of Cabot, her town. She goes to an old... (full context)
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While shopping at a store called Roberta’s, Ginny hears Caroline, Larry, and Loren. Without showing herself, Ginny listens as Caroline helps her father... (full context)
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Afterwards, Ginny leaves the store and drives back the town. There, she tells Rose that she overheard... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 35
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Ginny remembers when she was a child and she ate dozens of baby aspirins. She was... (full context)
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Ginny thinks about one more memory: being fourteen years old, on a Saturday night. Larry had... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 36
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In Mason City, Ginny, Ty, Rose, and Pete meet with their new lawyer, Jean Cartier. Ginny thinks of Mr.... (full context)
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Back on the farm, Ginny takes Cartier’s advice to heart. She tries her best to make a good appearance. The... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 37
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The morning after Pete’s death, Rose comes to Ginny’s house and tells her that Pete has “drowned himself.” Ginny is stunned, not because of... (full context)
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Still stunned, Ginny sits down and tries to wrap her head around Pete’s death. As she sits, Linda... (full context)
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Ginny thinks back to her mother’s death. She and her sisters were in school when they... (full context)
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Rose gathers Linda and Pammy and tells them “some really bad news.” Meanwhile, Ginny proceeds with her usual daily routine, designed to keep up appearances at all costs. At... (full context)
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Late at night, Rose calls Ginny and asks her to come over. Ginny remembers that after Rose was diagnosed with cancer,... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 38
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Immediately after the events of the last chapter, Ginny goes to see Rose, where she finds her sister very drunk. Rose confesses to Ginny... (full context)
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Rose and Ginny walk outside, and Rose admits that her marriage to Pete was sad, even after he... (full context)
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Rose reminds Ginny that Larry used to beat them and have sex with them. As Ginny remembers the... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 39
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The immediate effect of Ginny’s discovery that Rose is sleeping with Jess is that she thinks she understands everyone in... (full context)
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Ginny also thinks back to the funeral, and her conversations with Jess. Jess was cheerful and... (full context)
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Ty, Ginny realizes, is in a crisis. Without Pete and Larry to help him, he can’t harvest... (full context)
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Ginny describes the various poisons lying around on the average farm. She tries to find an... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 40
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...men around who’s willing to help Ty). There’s less than a month until Rose and Ginny are set to appear in court. Ginny watches her husband and Jess harvest crops, and... (full context)
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A month goes by, and Caroline and Frank appear in court opposite Ginny and Rose. In court, Caroline ignores her sisters but smiles at Ty, who smiles back.... (full context)
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The hearing begins, and Ginny feels confident that she’ll win: the harvest has been a great success, meaning that, per... (full context)
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...dead.” Caroline, who’s sitting in court rushes to Larry’s side. Larry mutters that Rose and Ginny, “those bitches,” have killed Caroline. Larry says that Caroline used to sing “like a bird,”... (full context)
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...business that he did while in control of Larry’s land. As the hearing moves on, Ginny notices that Jess, who’s sitting in court, seems very cold and calculating. (full context)
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...point of the hearing is to determine if the farmland has been mismanaged—not how poorly Ginny and Rose treated Larry. (full context)
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Marv testifies that the farm is in debt, but only because Ginny and Rose are planning a hog farm that, in Marv’s opinion, will be highly successful.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 41
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After the verdict, Rose and Ginny pursue their farming ventures: they have no other choice, since they’re deep in debt. Ginny... (full context)
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Ginny asks Ty for 1000 dollars, and Ty gives it to her; he’s just collected rent... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 42
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Ginny continues to live at the Saint Paul YMCA, and takes a waitressing job in town.... (full context)
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...half organically, while Ty will convert his half into a hog farm. In February, though, Ginny gets another note from Rose, explaining that Jess has left her. Rose is forced to... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 43
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Years pass, and Ginny remains in Saint Paul. One day, she waits on a man in a cap, and... (full context)
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At lunch (really more like 10:30 with Ginny’s shift), Ty takes Ginny to lunch. He explains that he’s leaving the farm behind and... (full context)
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Ty explains why he’s here: he wants a divorce. Instead of replying, Ginny accuses Ty of talking to Caroline all those years ago: giving her the information about... (full context)
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Ginny leaves Ty to return to her job. As she returns, she remembers meeting him, years... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 44
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Ginny continues to get letters and postcards from Rose, and each one infuriates her: they’re proof... (full context)
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One day, Ginny gets a letter from Rose: Rose will be in the hospital in Mason City. Ginny... (full context)
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Ginny reunites with Linda and Pammy, both now teenagers. Ginny has sent them both gifts every... (full context)
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Ginny drives back to see Rose in the hospital, and tells her that Linda and Pammy... (full context)
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Rose tells Ginny what’s going to happen: after she dies, she’s leaving the farmland to Ginny and Caroline,... (full context)
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Ginny tells Rose that she tried to kill her years ago with the jar of poisoned... (full context)
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Rose takes Ginny’s hand and tells her what she thinks about her own life: Rose hasn’t been a... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 45
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It’s the day Caroline and Ginny are selling the farm. Both sisters are on their soon-to-be-former property, clearing out old silverware... (full context)
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...other people are. Even the baby in the picture could be Rose, or Caroline, or Ginny. (full context)
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Caroline tells Ginny that she can’t understand how Ginny and Rose bankrupted Larry’s farm. She reminds Ginny that... (full context)
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Ginny considers telling Caroline the truth about Larry, but in the end she loses her nerve.... (full context)
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Before she’s gotten far, Ginny turns around and drives back to the farm. She goes down to the cellar and... (full context)
Epilogue
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In the aftermath of Rose’s death and the sale of the farm, Caroline and Ginny find that they owe 34,000 dollars. Caroline pays her half, and Ginny works extra hours,... (full context)
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Ginny is lonely: she meets men, but never anyone like Jess. However, she has “inherited” Linda... (full context)
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Ginny thinks about her other kinds of inheritance. There are farming chemicals—diesel, plant dust, ammonia, etc.—coursing... (full context)
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Finally, Ginny thinks of Larry. She can’t forgive him for anything he did, and she often thinks... (full context)