Picture a colourful group of eccentric sisters with a love for life, wearing flamboyant hats, gospel singing and dancing in a canga line; the story is poignant and the characters become complex, strong and wise. The secret does not stay hidden for long and May becomes catatonic with depression. She commits suicide by drowning herself in the river. But the most important aspect of this section is the big, improbable coincidence that Lily immediately finds the honey jars with the same picture of the black Virgin Mary. Screaming, she throws several jars of honey at the wall, smashing them. They grab her, beat her, and call the police, resulting in her arrest. Lily often daydreams that Rosaleen becomes her mother and that they run away together.
She likes reading and hopes to go to college, on scholarship, someday. When Lily calls him a liar, he is furious and tells her to stay in her room. The next week is taken up with mourning and a funeral. With this, Lily receives absolute confirmation that her mother once spent time at the Boatwright house. Lily is not entirely forthcoming er, that is, not really at all forthcoming about her true reasons for being there, at least initially. August invites Lily and Rosaleen to stay, although Lily makes up a false story to explain their needs. Lily lies to her father so that he'll let her accompany Rosaleen without asking any questions.
Like the thrashing bee she traps in a jar, Lily struggles to be like everyone else. Ray utterly ignores this request. Lily makes beeswax into candles and shoe polish, earning her keep. Rosaleen tells her to stop this silliness because she doesn't want Lily to get hurt. The box contains her mother's gloves, a small photograph of her mother, and a scrap of wood with a picture of the Virgin Mary on it. Unfortunately, she fell asleep, and T. They discussed their future plans, and Lily admitted she would probably have to go back to her dad.
Lily explains that she is sure August knows something about Deborah, and Lily can feel her mother's presence in the house. While waiting, she looked around the room a bit. She barely remembers the incident, but it's clear she feels a lot of guilt about it. While Rosaleen waits outside, Lily orders two Sunday-plate specials of barbecue pork. On the way to register, Rosaleen gets harassed by local racist white men. August was Deborah's best friend. Their conversation is a reminder that Rosaleen feels like a mother to Lily and tries to protect her.
Deborah had gone to the house only to pick up her clothes. She has six brothers and sisters but has no idea where they are. He then gives August permission to take care of Lily for as long as she wants to stay there. The year is 1964; Lily is about to turn fourteen. They tussle, and it falls to the floor. Ray in regarding August's relationship to Deborah.
Lily learned that August had known Lily's mother—in fact, August had been the housekeeper for Deborah's family when she was a child. Rosaleen informed Lily she was going to register to vote. She wanted to ask if she really was the one responsible for her mother's death. Love is a necessity to happiness. The Secret Life of Bees. She describes the wedding plans June was making. Lily thinks August is trying to tell her she knows Lily has run away, and that if she asks Mary for help she'll find peace.
She recognizes that her happiness ultimately depends on her—her characteristics, her abilities, her personality. Lily is encouraged by some and discouraged by others. August knows this, but it does not appear to upset her. She tells August all about her past and how she got to Tiburon. She digs up this box when she is feeling lonely or sad. At this point, Lily falls into grief, missing her mother more than ever. The Daughters of Mary sit and make jokes about white funerals, and Lily finally feels that she has been accepted as one of them.
Ray owns and runs a peach farm, and Lily helps out by selling peaches at a roadside stand a job she detests. Ray does not need Lily around him after all, for she reminds him of Deborah, so he allows her to remain in the care of the Boatwrights. Once another boy confesses, Zach is let out of jail, unpunished. The bees hang around Lily—and refuse to leave the jar—as if they have some type of business with her. The men accost Rosaleen and call the police, who take Rosaleen and Lily to jail. I want to know what happened 5 or 10 years down the road.