The Secret Life of Bees

This chapter concludes with the words, "Wading in up to my neck" what does this mean as a trasition in Lily's life and the structure of the novel?

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Lily is finally confronting her actions and is torn between alternating feeling for her mother. Wading in up to her neck means she's being cautious enough not to drown in revelations she can't handle, but that she is dealing with them.