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In the beginning of the novel, Ginny elaborates upon her great-grandparents and, "when they came the first time to Zebulon County, in the spring of 1890, and saw that half the land they had already bought was under two feet of water" (Smiley 14). Ginny also remembers when she used to take care of Caroline, "I had such hope for her, such a strong sense that when we sent her out, in whatever capacity, she would perform well, with enthusiasm and confidence that were mysteriously hers alone" (Smiley 262)...
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The description of the past is the most powerful part in A Thousand Acres. It reveals hidden roots that shape and define behaviors of the characters. This hidden knowledge and exposure of secrets is exemplified in Edgar's line in King Lear, "In nothing am I chang'd But in my garments" (IV, vi, 9-10)...
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