The next morning, Titus wakes up to find a message from Violet. In it, she explains that her mother never had a feed because she didn’t want a “brain mole.” Violet’s father’s parents didn’t have the money to buy feeds. So both of Violet’s parents went through school without feeds, which was challenging.
As Violet’s condition deteriorates, she continues to turn to Titus for emotional support, giving him information about herself and her family that she previously guarded.
Violet reports that her body isn’t working properly. She can’t move her legs, sometimes for hours at a time. But currently, she’s savoring the feeling of being able to move her toes. She imagines being a child, wiggling her toes in mud. She concludes, “I hope you’re okay this morning, too.”
Even when she’s on the verge of death, Violet finds a way to savor the simplest pleasures in life. Unlike the other characters in the book, Violet doesn’t seem to be perpetually dissatisfied, even though she arguably has more reason to be.