What is Lily longing for? What obstacles prevent Lily from getting what she desires? What are her conflicts?
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Lily longs for her mother, for maternal love. The longing for her mother can never be fulfilled because her mother has died...... but the Boatwrights, August is particular, will help her to find herself and supply her with the love she's been missing. Lily is conflicted about herself as a person and has a difficult time accepting herself...... she also has conflicting emotions in regard to her father, who has blamed Lily for her mother's abandonment and taken out the rage he felt for his wife on his daughter.
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