"But by July I called he the damn witch to myself and all the money she had did not matter anymore."
Ellen has been staying at her mama's mama's house, but she has had enough of her torture. She is saying that her personality meant more to Ellen then her things.
"Oh shut the lid down hard on this one and nail it with the strongest nails."
Daddy has just died. Ellen is praying to God that Jesus will make sure her dad stays in the coffin because she doesn't want him to grab him anymore.
"My old family wore the other name out and I figured I would take the name of my family."
This is when Ellen is having a meeting with her school consular after going to her new mama's house. It show she immaturity in that she thinks she is with the Foster family and that she wants a new identity to get rid of the past.
"And all this time I thought I had the hardest row to hoe."
This is Ellen Foster growing up and realizing her racial views on Starletta were actually wrong.