And Lydia herself – the reluctant center of their universe – every
day, she held the world together. She absorbed her parents’ dreams,
quieting the reluctance that bubbled up within.
quiet: to make calm or still.
仿句: He tries his best to quiet the crying baby.
bubble up: if a feeling or activity bubbles, it continues to exist.
仿句: Lying down in bed, she couldn’t quiet the excitement that bubbled
up inside her.
Hannah, as if she understood her place in the cosmos, grew from quiet
infant to watchful child: a child fond of nooks and corners, who
curled up in closets, behind sofas, under dangling tablecloths,
staying out of sight as well as out of mind, to ensure the terrain
of the family did not change.
nook: a cozy little corner, or a small safe area.
仿句: The reading nook used to be my favorite place in the house.
out of sight as well as out of mind’， 恍然大悟。
When she stood near, the little-girl scent of her perfume – even its
name childish, Baby Soft – *w**afted*** from her skin.
waft: to be driven or carried along, as by air, can refer to scents,
sounds or smoke.
仿句: The smell of roasted lamb wafted through the air.
It was the year when Lydia just started nursery school, Nath the first
grade, and Hannah not born yet. Marilyn was still young and ambitious.
She approached a professor of chemistry and asked if she could be his
research assistant. He said yes and would be happy to discuss about it
when the next term started. In April, Marilyn was told that her mother
died. When she went through her mother’s belongings and thought of how
her mother had wrapped up her life in such a unfulfilling and ‘small’
way, she reminded herself that she would never live a similar life. She
decided to leave her family and pursued her dream of becoming a doctor.
Hannah started to notice the subtle changes happening in the house after
Lydia’s death. Hannah sneaked out to the lake at night, and lay down on
the dock, imaging her sister’s last moment in the lake. She wished she
knew and could help. James drove around the lake and pondered over her
daughter’s death, determined to find someone to blame. Marilyn seemed to
be the only one that still couldn’t accept Lydia’s death, who her
daughter really was and what she really liked. Marilyn became impossible
and hysterical, which pushed James further to his mistress.
Away from her family, Marilyn missed her children. She called them but
said nothing. When she fainted to the ground and went to the hospital,
she found herself pregnant and bursted into tears. She had no choice but
to go home where she had to bury her dreams and ambitions. Lydia took
her mother’s return as a miracle and secretly decided that she would do
anything as her mother told. Marilyn, misreading the sign that Lydia had
thrown away the cookbook, promised that she would do anything to help
Lydia lead a fulfilling life, one that would be drastically different
from that of her own mother.