Elizabeth “Elby” Elder: Marshall Garvin’s niece, herself as abused as Baxter and perhaps the only person who can truly understand him.
““I’d do it again,” Baxter said, working his jaw. “I’ve read about the Navajo burning their hogans to get rid of evil spirits. That’s what I did. That’s what Elby needs to do. That’s what we all need to do. Burn down the past. Start over again.””
““I wanted to burn my father’s house down long ago,” Elby said. “I almost did. I had everything ready. Gasoline. Matches. A suitcase packed. But I had nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.””
““Rape is no different than hunting—creeping forward with your hard, erect weapon ready to pierce your prey, then jumping out and stabbing them with it, over and over, while they flail and scream and blood soaks everything, and you men like it so much you keep doing it in every, every generation.” She sobbed. “Every time you hunt, you re-enact the rape and pillage of entire continents by sneaking through the woods and flinging your weapons at the innocent creatures of the forest.””
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