Hit a scene. Had it dawn on me forcefully that I revised this scene BEFORE the earlier scenes, when I first needed to introduce something, and know it's a painfully clunky bit.
I consider whether to excise. I consider whether it can be salvaged. (Which should be, whether it can still serve a purpose.) I ponder whether it's useful to show the passage of time, and lack of change in one character as she grows up. I put it aside to see what brilliant inspiration I can get.
Turns out it's, "Hey, she shouldn't fall in the river! She should get stung by a bee!"
Which does not alter theme, or increase repetition, or decrease it, or fix the fundamental issue. . . .
I think it can serve a purpose. And it will probably use the bee sting.