profligacy: shameless, reckless(200)
cognitive: perception, knowledgeable(232)
"I'm going to chop you in half,' he hissed. Thatch had helped him learn how to handle knives, but an unarmed wife was clearly not quite the target the aikido master had intended." (231)
This quote is significant because it is showing the violence going on in the house between the parents, and how the family is putting up with it and not doing anything about it. The father pushes them, and does things to them that would normally be unforgivable, but they can't seem to leave him.