So things you thought were true, based on Nattie’s view and recollection, are being proven to be a bit distorted…yet somewhat on target. I say distorted because it has been revealed that the only ones really involved in actively driving her out of Des Moines were Toffer and Tobias. Marissa only tried to give her a little sage advice by warning her to get as far as she could, but Nattie misunderstood Marissa’s intent.
Nattie’s parents understand that they had unintentionally drove their daughter away by not being sensitive enough. The community had a hand in her exile as well, though she chose exile over facing her demons. Had she stayed, the story probably would end very differently. But the story is as it is so that it will all end as somewhat remembered in Long Cold Winter, but with some very startling truths revealed.