She has to go on, realizing she is a human being worthy of love.
Lily comes close to forgiving her father at the end of the novel, when she chooses to stay with the Boatrights.
She doesn't want to forgive her mother because Lily has been wallowing in her victimhood.
She also doesn't want to let go of the romantic pictures she has created of her mother.
He wants to be a lawyer even though he will find barriers in the way of his dream.
But Zach cautions Lily that their love can't happen in the present world and, in fact, it is dangerous for both of them.Lily has little doubt that her mother will kiss her and forgive her for 10,000 years.Later in the novel, when August tells Lily about Deborah, Lily becomes irate about her mother's abandonment.Racism/Prejudice The nature of prejudice is thoroughly discussed throughout Lily's story.It's important to understand that she grew up in the South, where races were separated by both law and attitudes.Lily ponders the idea of why it is so difficult for people to forgive. Lily's first reaction, when August tells her Deborah married T.Ray because she was pregnant with Lily, is that it was all her fault that Deborah was saddled with such a terrible husband.She sees what an unhappy man he is and how his pride has been broken by her mother's abandonment.She understands how much he loved her mother, and although she chooses to stay with the Boatrights, her understanding of her father is a first step toward forgiveness.But when Rosaleen's life is threatened by a system that Lily doesn't understand, she knows only that she must save Rosaleen's life, even if it means leaving home and breaking the law.Lily's attitude begins to change when she meets the Boatright sisters — strong black women with a profession, an education, and a religious community that is strong and positive.