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Anne, Mike and Leah's Extra Fingers....

As I said yesterday, the most we know about Leah Nichols was that she was born with six fingers on each hand. The reaction of two of the characters to this interesting little bit of trivia tells us things about them that Lynn is possibly not aware of. As we all know, Steve and the boys didn't much care one way or another but Anne was nearly hysterical about the horrible imperfection that she felt sure was a sign that she'd done something wrong to blight her child's life. Her reaction to this was to have the child's fingers lopped off at the age of two months so that she could at least look perfect; it says a lot of awful things about her that the risk to her child seemed to weigh less on her mind than the need to conform to some ideal that no one else cares about. I'm not saying that she shouldn't have had the surgery but I am saying that she should have waited until it was safer to remove them.

Another character also used Leah's extra fingers to make a jerk of himself; that's because Mike overheard an off-hand comment someone made about a mistake made on Leah and stated that God made one with Lizzie. Said mistake was her being a girl that, since she was a girl, he couldn't get along with instead of the brother he probably would have bullied anyway but convinced himself he'd have gotten along with.
Tags: anne achronism, mythologizing mike
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