The sister of May, August, and April Boatwright. Like August, June is an intelligent, educated woman, but where August welcomes Lily into their home with open arms, June is suspicious and contemptuous of Lily—partly because Lily is white, and she is black. During the novel, June refuses marriage to Neil several times before accepting. In the end, June comes to accept Lily as her friend, and apologizes for her rudeness.
June Boatwright Quotes in The Secret Life of Bees
The The Secret Life of Bees quotes below are all either spoken by June Boatwright or refer to June Boatwright. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Secret Life of Bees published in 2003.).
June Boatwright Character Timeline in The Secret Life of Bees
The timeline below shows where the character June Boatwright appears in The Secret Life of Bees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...hesitation, Lily and Rosaleen decide to approach the house. At the door, a woman named June Boatwright (August’s sister) greets them and invites them in. Inside, Lily and Rosaleen meet May... (full context)
...May, who’s very simpleminded. She spends much of her time catching spiders and eating bananas. June teaches English in a local black high school. One night, Lily overhears June and August... (full context)
...mixing honey: catching beeswax, filtering pollen, etc. In the evenings, Lily makes awkward conversation with June, who, she knows, doesn’t like her at all. Lily’s favorite time of day is her... (full context)
One night, Neil comes to the Boatwrights’ house and has a hushed conversation with June. Lily eavesdrops on the conversation, and overhears Neil saying he’s not going to “wait forever.”... (full context)