Part a of scene from ‘Bitterblue’ between Madlen (Bitterblue’s medicine woman) and Bitterblue: Madlen came to sit beside her [Bitterblue] on the bed. “Lady Queen,” she said with her own particular brand of rough gentleness. “It is not the job of the child to protect her mother. It’s the mother’s job to protect the child. By allowing your mother to protect you, you gave her a gift. Do you understand me?