Discusses the character of the girl in Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls."

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The short story "Boys and Girls," written by Alice Munro, was written in a first-person point of view. The main character, Alice, is a static character. She is the oldest child in the family, and has a younger brother, Laird. Alice is very helpful around the house with her mother, but tends to disappear from the house to help her father outside, which she enjoys best. Alive has quite the imagination. At night she would …

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…in the kitchen peeling fruit and washing dishes. She prefers to be outside working with her father, cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and taking care of the foxes. Curiosity and rebelliousness led Alice into trouble with her parents. When she held the gate open for the horse at the end of the story, her father lost some respect for her. In her fathers opinion, she went from the hired man, to "just a girl."