Since she was limited by her illness to short and infrequent trips away from the farm, O'Connor learned to draw upon the resources at hand for the subject matter of her stories. These resources included the people around her, her reading material, which consisted of various books and periodicals which came to Andalusia, and an assortment of local and regional newspapers.
Table of Contents Plot Overview The grandmother tries to convince her son, Bailey, and his wife to take the family to east Tennessee for vacation instead of Florida. She points out an article about the Misfit, an escaped convict heading toward Florida, and adds that the children have already been there.
John Wesley, eight years old, suggests that the grandmother stay home, and his sister, June Star, says nastily that his grandmother would never do that.
On the day of the trip, the grandmother hides her cat, Pitty Sing, in a basket in the car. Edgar brought her a watermelon every week, into which he carved his initials, E. Once he left it on the porch and a black child ate it because he thought it said eat.
The family stops at a restaurant called the Tower, owned by Red Sammy Butts. Red Sammy complains that people are untrustworthy, explaining that he recently let two men buy gasoline on credit. Back in the car, the grandmother wakes from a nap and realizes that a plantation she once visited is nearby.
She says that the house had six white columns and was at the end of an oak tree—lined driveway. She lies that the house had a secret panel to make the house seem more interesting.
Excited, the children beg to go to the house until Bailey angrily gives in. The grandmother points him to a dirt road.
The family drives deep into the woods. The grandmother suddenly remembers that the house was in Tennessee, not in Georgia.
Horrified at her mistake, she jerks her feet. Pitty Sing escapes from the basket and startles Bailey, who wrecks the car. The grandmother decides not to tell Bailey about her mistake. A passing car stops, and three men get out, carrying guns.
The grandmother thinks she recognizes one of them. One of the men, wearing glasses and no shirt, descends into the ditch. Bailey curses violently, upsetting the grandmother. The grandmother adjusts her hat, but the brim breaks off. The grandmother asks the Misfit whether he ever prays.
Just as he says no, she hears two gunshots. The grandmother tells the Misfit to pray so that Jesus will help him. A gunshot comes from the woods. The grandmother begs the Misfit not to shoot a lady. Two more gunshots come from the woods, and the grandmother cries out for Bailey. The Misfit says that Jesus confused everything by raising the dead.
He says that if what Jesus did is true, then everyone must follow him.
The Misfit says he wishes he had been there so he could know for sure. Bobby Lee and Hiram return, and they all look at the grandmother.Flannery O'Connor’s Stories Questions and Answers.
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