The Protagonist and the Mandala:
I think this peculiar piece also represents Francie. The chair has but one leg as its foundation, but it still proudly stands tall, because of the massive amount of balloons holding it up from the top. Francie's inner character is a bit backwards, just like this chair. She relies on her writing, imagination, and aspirations to keep her upright and hopeful, while her foundation, her reality in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is not enough to keep her standing. Francie's one, big dream is to get a proper education. Mary Rommely, Katie's mother, told Katie right after giving birth to Francie that the one gift Katie could give Francie was education, something that both Katie and Mary never had. Katie stayed good on that promise, until money got too tight. Francie still had the determination to get her education in any means possible. As she takes college summer courses and reads every possible magazine in her clipping job, new balloons are added, raising her higher from the new possibilities she's discovered through her education. When her Papa dies, the last leg of her chair seems to have broken, but she is still held up by the many balloons she's created for herself.
LINK TO MANDALA: https://docs.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/document/d/1MCau-wO7eCkck9ynLSmMtyUfilrcDTul3xdD4jAqz-A/edit?usp=sharing