I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

What happened to Bailey and Marguerite after the doctor said she was healed? Chapters 13-17

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Marguerite retreated within herself. Her body may have been healed on the outside, but her insided were still realing from the trauma.

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In the first weeks my family accepted my behavior as a post-rape, post-hospital affliction. (Neither the term nor the experience was mentioned in Grandmother’s house, where Bailey and I were again staying.) They understood that I could talk to Bailey, but to no one else. Then came the last visit from the visiting nurse, and the doctor said I was healed. That meant that I should be back on the sidewalks playing handball or enjoying the games I had been given when I was sick. When I refused to be the child they knew and accepted me to be, I was called impudent and my muteness sullenness. For a while I was punished for being so uppity that I wouldn t speak; and then came the thrashings, given by any relative who felt himself offended.

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