I do not have to worry about snakes anymore here.

Ellen says this at the close of Chapter 4, just after she has told the story of her mother's burial service. In this section of the chapter, she is out for a horseback ride with Dolphin, enjoying the freedom she has to roam the pasture. Ellen recognizes how lucky she is to have her new mama and her new, loving home because there, she no longer has to worry about abuse, violence, alcoholism, or any of the other terrible "snakes" she has had to worry about in the past. At her new mama's, she knows she will be fed and loved and never has to fear abuse or neglect of any kind, as she had to for so many years before. At last, Ellen is safe from these snakes and takes comfort in knowing that she is secure in a loving, stable home and family life.