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“This is the way it’s done,” and she fisted her other hand around the sparrow’s head and she twisted.

This passage is the climax of the story because it is the turning point in the plot where an unexpected event occures. The girl witnesses death for the first time and no longer feels happy when she goes into Ham Nghi to see the birds with her grandfather. The girl does not expect her mother, whom she admires greatly, to kill a beautiful black sparrow, especially not one from the bunch the girl and her grandfather had just recently bought. She literally “can’t go back” to seeing things the way she did before her mother killed the bird with her bare hands.

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