Consider the Lilies – Chapter Seventeen Notes

Mrs Scott is left with the children and tries to tell them a story but she can only think of Patrick Sellar on his white horse .

What signs are there in this chapter that she is trying to change?
• She wants to be a better mother – she wants desperately to tell a story to the children, but she doesn’t know how to. She never practised this with her son.

What suggests that she is finding it almost impossible to change?
• She stumbles through the story, relying on the children to correct her and show her how to tell it.
• “…she couldn’t tell a proper story.”
• “She had no stories. She couldn’t remember any stories.”

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