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Jeanette is the protagonist and the narrator of the novel. The reader follows her in her conscious life, and also in her dreams and stories. As she develops as the protagonist, she discovers her sexual identity.
The mother and the church are Jeanette's antagonists. Her mother, joined by Pastor Spratt and Mrs. White, tries to force Jeanette to repress her homosexual desire. As they become more forceful, the split solidifies. Climax: The climax occurs when Jeanette returns from her week with Katy. Her love affair has been exposed, and the church makes its final attempt to "cure" her. They fail and Jeanette runs away.
The story ends in comedy, for Jeanette discovers how to live on her own and accept her sexuality. After a few years, she and her mother are able to visit civilly. Although Jeanette has left the church, she does not blame God.