What is the big twist in “Between the Pool and the Gardenias”? At what point did the twist become clear to you?
The big twist in “Between the Pool and the Gardenias” is that Rose is dead. Some students will have read closely and noticed the clues from the beginning. Some of these clues include: Marie’s insistence on comparing Rose to a doll; Marie’s description of women throwing their babies away because they cannot afford to care for them; the fact that Rose “didn’t stir or cry.” Other students may not notice until Marie talks about having to cover up the smell from Rose. Still other students may not realize until the end. The fact that some people will not realize Rose...
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