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Mick Kelly is growing up. In this chapter, she has her first sexual feelings when she wrestles with Harry Minowitz. The two of them donít know how to react, so they leave the confusion alone. In her description of Mick, McCullers draws the feeling of living in poverty with great subtlety. Mick experiences poverty as hunger, as a lack of nickels, and as a lack of proper education in music. She feels that she has the music in her, but since she cannot write it, she can not express herself. She can only write the barest skeleton of music she imagines since she becomes confused when she tries to think of all the parts.