Cory is Lauren’s stepmother. She is Mexican-American, and runs the neighborhood school. Of all her children, Keith is Cory’s favorite, which Lauren finds surprising. Cory and Lauren get along well, but after Keith begins leaving the neighborhood their relationship becomes somewhat strained. Cory is kind, but more anxious and perhaps less intelligent than Lauren and her father. She likes the idea of moving to Olivar, even though Lauren’s father warns her about the danger of giving up one’s freedom to live in a corporate-owned city. Cory is killed along with her three youngest sons during the destruction of the neighborhood.
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...living in makeshift shacks beyond the neighborhood wall. Later, Lauren’s family discover that Keith stole Cory’s key and has left the neighborhood. Lauren’s father goes out to look for Keith, refusing... (full context)
...chapter states that “all struggles are essentially power struggles.” On Keith’s birthday, Lauren’s father and Cory give him a BB gun. Keith shoots birds, threatens to shoot Marcus, and then disappears,... (full context)
...Lauren’s father immediately destroys the BB gun, before viciously beating Keith. Afterward, Keith cries while Cory holds him. Marcus, traumatized, asks to sleep in Lauren’s room that night. Keith disappears and... (full context)
...telling each other. Lauren feels excited about this, but guilty about the prospect of leaving Cory and her brothers. She admits that she hadn’t mentioned her plan to leave because she... (full context)
...they didn’t discover all of the money hidden in her house. However, they have taken Cory’s sewing machine, which will cause difficulty for the family. Curtis comes to the window and... (full context)