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In The Lives of Women and Girls, the primary character Del Jordan grows from a young curious child to a girl. At a young age she's very interested in her heritage, but is helpless by her mom to be mindful about her choices. Del's curiosity leads her into making many erroneous conclusions regarding men. All these wrong decisions induce her to drop everything she had worked so tough for -- her objectives, her fantasies destroyed. Del's first connection with a guy is Art Chamberlain, that works at the Jubilee radio station and will be the boy of Fern Dogherty, the Jordan's resident. Chamberlain starts to grope Del secretly in the presence of the others. Del idea of this as a "sign of impertinent breach, ...so authoritative, sterile of sentiment"(Munro 177) Del subsequently chooses to make herself vulnerable by becoming into positions in which Chamberlain can always violate her physique. After all this Del nonetheless enables him to carry her into a secluded location by the river, by which he masturbates in front of her. Del doesn't exactly know his activities but only the thought was dreadful. Mr. Chamberlain renders Jubilee and Fern. Del is left feeling humiliated and broken. Del's mum uses Fern's case to frighten Del contrary to being similarly distracted by a guy, and allowing it hinder her aspirations: " After you make that error, of being diverted over a man, your life won't ever be your own." (193) Since Del develops she eventually become intimate friends with Jerry Storey, that competes with her to get high marks in Jubliee High School and claims to have the highest IQ ever seen in Wawanash high schools. Jerry belittles Del's intelligence, characterizing it as abstract and feminine. This uncaring connection becomes odd when Del gets a bit to inquisitive and ends up.