When the short story began, I was a little lost as to what it would be about. The words and descriptions used to tell this short story were very much from a different time and place than I am familiar with. After reading this short story I think it offers great insight into what a author is truly trying to say, from that time period. Although, the story seems to be about a girl and figs it offers more to the reader after careful thought.
The character of Babette, in French stands for the short version of Elizabeth is a young girl living in a tropical destination with her Godmother Maman-Nainaine. Babette is anxious to visit her cousins, as any young child would be and cannot be still and can be compared to the fluttering of a hummingbird. The teaching of patience to Babette begins with her Godmother considering a visit only when the fig fruit has ripened near their home. This determination to watch for fruit to ripen as her godmother told her goes on until the day arrives the fruit shows the first sign of purple. The timing could be because of the weather and the appropriate time to travel or could be because it was something Maman-Nainaine knew would bloom soon. I think that Maman-Nainaine is compassionate I think that she has raised her children and she has learned how to train the mind to focus and to learn from patience and knows what she is doing. I think that Babette is impatient as any child but learns patience with her life with Maman-Nainaine