‘Don’t you think blessing does any good?’
Elizabeth looked up sharply, as one does at a small child who asks its first coherent question. ‘No. No, I don’t, actually.’
‘It looks nice though. Don’t you think? I wish someone would bless me.’
Elizabeth twitched her crochet hook in and out. A sucker for a cult, she thought. Better keep her out of the city at night. ‘The last time anybody blessed me,’ she said, ‘was when I took a bag of old clothes to the Salvation Army opshop. But I did get myself baptised when I was a student.’
‘Did they push you right under?’
‘I wasn’t a fundamentalist, thanks very much. Just a cross on the forehead, a bit of nice music, turn to the east, forswear the devil and all his works. And guess who my godfather was. Dexter.’
Does "A sucker for a cult" mean: Blessing is like A sweet for extreme religious people? Does it mean literally?
Does "Did they push you right under?" mean: Did religious people force you to be baptized?
Source: The children's Bach by Helen Garner