A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres

Laurence Cook Character Analysis

The patriarch of the Cook family, and the father of Rose, Caroline, and Ginny, Larry Cook is a proud, intimidating farmer who’s risen to own one thousand acres of fertile farmland. As a younger man, Larry was suave, charismatic, and a shrewd businessman—he wasn’t above taking advantage of his neighbors when he saw the opportunity to buy their land for cheap. As he enters old age, Larry decides to sign over his property to his three daughters, though he cuts Caroline out of the will when she questions his decision. Over the course of the book, we learn that Larry repeatedly raped his two eldest daughters after his wife, Mrs. Cook, died. Larry’s horrible crimes lie at the heart of the novel: he has traumatized his daughters well into their adulthood. While Larry’s Shakespearean counterpart, King Lear, was portrayed as a hubristic but ultimately sympathetic character, Larry is arguably the villain of the novel: he embodies the violent misogyny and sexism against which the Cook daughters battle in different ways.

Laurence Cook Quotes in A Thousand Acres

The A Thousand Acres quotes below are all either spoken by Laurence Cook or refer to Laurence Cook. 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 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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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 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

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 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
Page Number: 362-363
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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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Laurence Cook Character Timeline in A Thousand Acres

The timeline below shows where the character Laurence Cook appears in A Thousand Acres. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 4
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...for himself. The year before the pig roast celebrating Jess’s return, Harold irritated Ginny’s father (Larry Cook) by purchasing an air-conditioned tractor that could play tape cassettes. Ginny’s father wasn’t annoyed... (full context)
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Ginny comes to Harold Clark’s house, where she finds Rose, Caroline, and Larry. Larry is explaining his plan to form a corporation, in which Ginny and her sisters... (full context)
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...glad that he could protect the family from robbers and thieves. Ginny always thought of Larry as a highly competent farmer—indeed, he was so talented that the trees and hills seemed... (full context)
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Back in the present, Larry argues with Caroline, his youngest daughter. Caroline went to law school, and married a lawyer—she... (full context)
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Still at the Clark house, Ginny talks with Jess Clark about Larry’s plan for the “corporation.” Ginny says that the idea feels “suspiciously levelheaded.” Jess thinks that... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 5
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The morning after the party, Ginny goes to her father’s house, and finds Larry driving with his friend, Marv Carson, who works at the bank. Ginny proceeds to cook... (full context)
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...Rose all the time. Shortly after breaking Rose’s arm, Pete stopped beating her. Pete and Larry always had a connection, rooted (Ginny feels) in their love for drinking. Back in the... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6
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...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... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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Ginny and Tyler go to Larry’s house, where Jess is drinking coffee, alone. While Ty drives off to find the rest... (full context)
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...he’s found Harold and Loren. Another car pulls up, carrying Marv Carson and Ken LaSalle (Larry’s lawyer and friend). Pete and Rose arrive, and soon there are lots of people inside... (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 party to go on. Ginny... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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...was educated, but he didn’t know how to repair his machinery, and so Cal and Larry Cook came up with a deal whereby Cal would make fresh cream and ice cream... (full context)
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...Mrs. Cook, got along decently well with Mrs. Ericson, though deep down she agreed with Larry that the Ericsons were too trivial to be “real farmers.” Ginny, however, loved the Ericsons:... (full context)
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After the corporation is established, Ginny and Rose take turns having Larry over for dinner. For months, Larry visits his two daughters every week, but never seems... (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 is quiet and... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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...time. Rose suggests going to a strip club to celebrate her appointment—something that would scandalize Larry. But eventually she settles for going shopping for clothes. (full context)
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While shopping, Ginny and Rose talk about Caroline, who hasn’t spoken to Larry since he slammed the door in her face. They agree that it’ll have to be... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
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...her mother died, Ginny remembers. She was an agreeable child who never bothered anyone, and Larry often said she was better than Rose or Ginny. Larry would ask Caroline to give... (full context)
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...Ginny looked out for Caroline, their little sister. In high school, they made sure that Larry granted her more freedom than either of them had gotten: as a result, Caroline got... (full context)
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...driving Rose home, Ginny decides to call Caroline. She drives back to her home, past Larry’s house, and notices Larry sitting outside, very stiff and stone-faced. Afraid that her father has... (full context)
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Rose calls Ginny later that evening and reports that she can see Larry from her house, watching Ty operate a tractor. She suspects that Larry and Ty have... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 11
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...from the bathroom and talks about Ginny’s house, which used to belong to the Ericsons: Larry bought the property from them when Ginny was a teenager. Jess proceeds to have a... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
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...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 has nowhere to... (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... (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 out of money”—in the Monopoly... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14
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...coming over for a big dinner. Ginny reminds Rose that it’s her turn to host Larry for dinner, and Rose irritably tells Ginny that she already fed Larry. (full context)
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...honors her promise to herself and calls Caroline. She calls, and Caroline immediately asks if Larry is all right. When Caroline is sure that Larry is fine, she asks Ginny if... (full context)
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...Ginny imagines Caroline cross-examining her about her decision to sign the corporation papers and take Larry’s money and land. She’s not sure what she would say. At dinner, Ginny stares at... (full context)
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A few days after the dinner, Ginny and Rose go to visit Larry for their annual Father’s Day dinner. At dinner, Larry is morose—the contrast with the sisters’... (full context)
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...Ty says that Ginny and Rose don’t understand their father at all. Ty explains that Larry is now afraid of his own children: he doesn’t have any real money anymore, and... (full context)
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...an accident that Harold Clark had in his truck, when she was a little girl. Larry told Ginny to run over to Harold, who was trapped under his own tire, and... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
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...a strange, contradictory man, Ginny thinks. He loves showing off with his new tractor, annoying Larry greatly. One night over Monopoly, Jess points out that Harold is a lot sharper and... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 16
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...the day, Ginny goes to run errands and then visit her father. She thinks about Larry driving all the way to Des Moines by himself. She remembers him praising Ty’s father,... (full context)
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Ginny arrives at Larry’s house, where she finds him sitting out back. He complains that nobody has brought him... (full context)
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Ginny “flashes back” to describe her most recent phone call with Caroline. After learning about Larry’s drive to Des Moines, Ginny talked to Caroline, and learned that Larry went to Caroline’s... (full context)
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Ginny remembers that Caroline always got along with Larry better than she or Rose did. In college, Caroline would have complicated psychological theories about... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 17
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...points out different species of flowers and snakes to Ginny. Suddenly, he asks Ginny who Larry’s favorite child was: Ginny immediately replies that it’s always been Caroline. Ginny then asks Jess... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 18
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Ginny imagines the geological processes that led to the creation of Larry’s farmland: volcanoes and storms that eventually led the soil to become extremely fertile. Growing up,... (full context)
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...a poor farmer who didn’t know how to take care of his own land. When Larry was a younger man, Mel fell into debt: he couldn’t afford to pay his own... (full context)
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Larry acquired land from many of his other neighbors. Shortly after his wife died, he bought... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 19
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The phone rings and Ty answers it: he reports that Larry has been in a car accident, and he’s in the hospital. Rose mutters, “It’s about... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 20
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In the hospital, Ginny and Rose find Larry in the waiting room, being very quiet. Larry has been mildly injured, but he’s cleared... (full context)
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Ginny and Ty drive Larry home, and Larry sits in the back, silent. As Ginny sits in the car, she... (full context)
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Ty and Ginny take Larry to their home and put him in bed. The next morning they fix him breakfast... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 21
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In the days following Larry’s accident, the police impound his car, and Ginny sees that it was almost destroyed in... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 22
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Ginny drives Larry to the chiropractor, who needs to take a look at Larry’s injured back. In the... (full context)
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At the chiropractor, Ginny tells Larry she’s going to go shopping, but Larry forces her to wait in the office so... (full context)
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After the appointment, Larry and Ginny go eat dinner, though Ginny isn’t hungry. Larry mutters that Rose and Ginny... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 23
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Ginny drives Larry home, and he gets out of the car without saying a word to his daughter.... (full context)
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Rose calls Ginny at night, saying that Pete’s truck has disappeared; Larry might have taken it. Rose complains that the police should have put Larry in jail... (full context)
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...the nieces are asleep, Ty returns home and tells Rose and Ginny that he’s found Larry: Larry has some things to tell his daughters. Rose and Ginny come outside, holding hands.... (full context)
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Larry asks Ginny how she can treat him like this: he’s her father, and deserves her... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 24
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It’s raining hard, and the family is trying to figure out what to do about Larry. Eventually, Pete and Ty agree to go check if Larry has found his way back... (full context)
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...he could possibly know about her affair with Jess. Inside the house, Rose says that Larry is clearly crazy. The phone rings, and Ty reports that Larry is nowhere to be... (full context)
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Rose and Ginny continue talking about Larry. Rose remembers the time after Mrs. Cook died, when Larry would come into his daughters’... (full context)
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Rose continues to tell Ginny about Larry’s sexual abuse. In high school, Rose felt that it was her mission to distract Larry... (full context)
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...say to Rose, except, “It didn’t happen to me.” Rose hisses that she won’t let Larry get away with abusing her for so many years. (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 25
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It’s after midnight, and Ty and Pete come back from their search for Larry, only to go out again. As she falls asleep, Ginny can’t stop thinking about what... (full context)
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...waiting for her. As she looks as Jess, she begins to cry. Jess explains that Larry has been wandering around all night. He eventually wandered to Harold’s house, where he yelled... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 26
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...is afraid that Ty and Ginny won’t be able to honor their loan, due to Larry’s “problems.” Ginny is confused: she and Rose control the land because of their corporation deal.... (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 that Larry is being foolish;... (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, Rose’s sexual abuse and trauma, etc. Ginny tries to find a suitable psychiatrist, but... (full context)
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Ginny meets with Rose and tells her that it’s time to confront Larry about his abuse. Rose is reluctant to talk to Larry about the past, but Ginny... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 28
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...potluck. Ginny and Rose wear their best clothes and go to church, where they find Larry, looking oddly submissive and weak. Larry and Harold wander around the potluck together, greeting various... (full context)
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Finally, Larry comes to speak with Rose and Ginny. He immediately launches into a description of homes... (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 ignores them. Harold... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 29
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...potluck, Jess tells Ginny and Rose that he needs a new place to stay while Larry and Harold calm down. Rose tells him to stay in Larry’s own house, though not... (full context)
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...mother. In a closet she finds old Kotex pads, which, she thinks with some amusement, Larry never “dared to touch.” Next, Ginny walks into her own old bedroom. There, she begins... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 30
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...sees him twice, and he’s quiet on both occasions. She’s prepared Jess a bed in Larry’s house—the very bedroom where Larry molested her years ago. Even so, Ginny doesn’t want to... (full context)
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...him to the hospital. Nobody was around to take care of Harold: Jess was jogging, Larry was talking to Marv Carson, Ty was working, and Ginny was driving Pammy. At the... (full context)
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...one day, Ken LaSalle visits Ginny with a handful of papers, and informs her that Larry is suing her and Rose to reclaim his property—Caroline is party to the suit, too.... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 31
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...she performed on stage, she became totally convincing in her role. Caroline made sure that Larry never saw her perform. Caroline also joined her debate team, and did very well in... (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 the corporation agreement. Several days after... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 32
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...about how everyone in town has come to hate her and her sister for mistreating Larry. At the quarry, she sees Pete. They talk in a friendly way, and Ginny tells... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 33
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...from him, and Ginny realizes that lately she’s hated Ty: for talking to Caroline about Larry, for weakening her trust in Rose, etc. Ty says that Ginny has destroyed his excitement... (full context)
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...wakes up next to Ty. She sneaks out of the house and goes over to Larry’s house, where Jess Clark is sleeping. She calls out to Jess and Jess comes outside.... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 34
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...that there’s been a lot of “gossip” about what Rose and Ginny have done to Larry, but when Ginny presses him for details, he gives none. (full context)
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...furniture. There, the store’s owner, Dinah, recognizes Ginny, and tells her that she’s heard that Larry is moving to Des Moines soon—something Ginny hadn’t heard. Afterwards, Ginny has some coffee at... (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 shop for shoes—she... (full context)
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...store and drives back the town. There, she tells Rose that she overheard Caroline and Larry, and she was shocked by how kindly and affectionately they spoke to one another. She... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 35
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...with Ty, she felt alienated from her own body—and in the present, she realizes that Larry took her body away from her. (full context)
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Ginny thinks about one more memory: being fourteen years old, on a Saturday night. Larry had sex with her, and she felt dominated by his smells: the smells of whiskey,... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 36
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...as a skilled attorney—next to him, Ken La Salle is incompetent. Rose tells Cartier about Larry’s drunk driving. Cartier tells the family that the best way to win the lawsuit is... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 38
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...the news that his wife was sleeping with Jess was that he wanted to kill Larry. (full context)
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Rose reminds Ginny that Larry used to beat them and have sex with them. As Ginny remembers the way Larry... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 39
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...that she thinks she understands everyone in her life now. In turn, she thinks of Larry, Caroline, Pete, Ty, and Rose. When she thinks of Rose, she imagines her sleeping with... (full context)
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Ty, Ginny realizes, is in a crisis. Without Pete and Larry to help him, he can’t harvest 1000 acres all by himself. He tries to find... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 40
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...at Ty, who smiles back. Ginny is struck by how peaceful and happy Caroline and Larry seem together, though Ginny is furious that Caroline has betrayed her and Rose—her two older... (full context)
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...great success, meaning that, per Cartier’s advice, she and Rose will be able to withstand Larry’s attacks. The first witness is Larry, and he’s examined by his lawyer, Ken. Ken asks... (full context)
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Suddenly, Larry shouts, “Caroline’s dead.” Caroline, who’s sitting in court rushes to Larry’s side. Larry mutters that... (full context)
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The hearing goes on. Ken manages to enter some evidence of Larry’s corporation agreement, while Ty testifies about the business that he did while in control of... (full context)
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Caroline takes the stand and testifies that she was immediately suspicious of Larry’s plan to divide up his property—it wasn’t at all like her father. Caroline tries to... (full context)
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...says that he’s made up his mind: the facts of the case are very simple. Larry signed a document, and there’s essentially no legal basis for him to “un-sign” the document.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 41
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...property, but Ty disagrees—it’s not the right time. Ginny also suggests that they move to Larry’s house, an idea that Ty dismisses at once. Ginny insists that the house is her... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 43
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...Ty hasn’t gotten along with Rose in years, and claims that Rose has just become Larry all over again. Nevertheless, he’s sold away his farmland to Rose. Ty also says that... (full context)
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...Caroline all those years ago: giving her the information about how Ginny and Rose ignored Larry. Ty doesn’t deny it, but just says he was “on one side” of the farm.... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 44
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...fear that they’ll be too painful to read. Back on the farm, Ginny sits in Larry’s old house with Linda and Pammy. She learns that the girls are both vegetarians, though... (full context)
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...a parent or a mother, let alone as a farmer. Everyone in town speaks of Larry as a saint, and nobody believes Rose’s accounts of how Larry used to abuse her.... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 45
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...sisters stop to look at an old picture of their family. They can tell that Larry, a young man, is standing in the center of the picture, but they can’t tell... (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 she (Caroline) was very close to Larry toward the end... (full context)
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Ginny considers telling Caroline the truth about Larry, but in the end she loses her nerve. She imagines Rose, urging her to talk... (full context)
Epilogue
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Finally, Ginny thinks of Larry. She can’t forgive him for anything he did, and she often thinks of the way... (full context)