The narrator tells her mother that she would answer her without hesitation. She says that her family is cold, and that her husband is the best lover she's ever had. She feels that her mother drowned because of her husband, and she begins to adapt to this coldness. She begins to believe that she did kill her mother. She throws away all of her happy memories, thinking that happiness was unrealistic. She becomes temperamental and unreasonable, and everyone is afraid of her, but they are more annoyed by her. She meets a woman who makes her hear the scolding voices of the people around her, and this makes her feel safe.