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I love you I love you not I bet most people think of a young girl plucking petals off a flower while murmuring these two sentences trying to sort through her feelings for her man However I love you I love you not can also be applied to siblings Some siblings are the best of friends Some siblings can be horrible rivals In A Thousand Acres Ginny and Rose are both they are sometimes best friends yet other times they are bitter opponents Their relationship in Jane Smileys poignant but twisted novel demonstrates the theme of the fine line between love and hate To understand the relationship of the two women one must know something about their different personalities first Ginny is only two years older than Rose but it often seems that Rose is older than Ginny Roses battles with her abusive husband Pete especially times when she openly defies him demonstrate her strong-will She knows that Pete beating her up is wrong and she isnt afraid of letting him know how she feels Ginny would ask What kind of life do you have now And she would reply One with self-respect at least 141 However Rose also has a deceptive appearance She is actually more conniving and envious than she seems and she herself knows that Ginny on the other hand can be described as a spineless woman who accepts everything the men around her her father and her husband say She was afraid to talk about it because she hated friction with Ty 154 Ginny runs away from any conflict with men not just her husband but also with her father After going to the chiropractic office she and Larry go out for dinner and he gets mad at her for having a point of view She reddens to the hairline I just want to get along Daddy I dont want to fight Dont fight with me 175 Larry goes on
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