Do you think Jeannette is failing Maureen, as she believes she might be? Why or why not?
Some students may believe that the siblings should band together to take care of their youngest; others may feel that it's not the responsibility of the children to step in where their parents aren't taking care of them. It's clear that Maureen is seeking a source of stability other than her home: her friends and their religious convictions, her imagined California. Maureen is missing something—the question is whose responsibility it should be to provide it for her.
What does Jeannette learn as "head of the household"?
She sees for the first time that it's very, very difficult...
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