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.
She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey's mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal.
Just you read it. I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it.
I couldn't answer to my conscience if I did. She was sitting on the sofa, feeding the baby his apricots out of a jar. They never have been to east Tennessee. She has to go everywhere we go.
The next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go. She had her big black valise that looked like the head of a hippopotamus in one corner, and underneath it she was hiding a basket with Pitty Sing, the cat, in it.
She didn't intend for the cat to be left alone in the house for three days because he would miss her too much and she was afraid he might brush against one of the gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself. Her son, Bailey, didn't like to arrive at a motel with a cat.
She sat in the middle of the back seat with John Wesley and June Star on either side of her. Bailey and the children's mother and the baby sat in front and they left Atlanta at eight forty-five with the mileage on the car at The grandmother wrote this down because she thought it would be interesting to say how many miles they had been when they got back.
It took them twenty minutes to reach the outskirts of the city. The old lady settled herself comfortably, removing her white cotton gloves and putting them up with her purse on the shelf in front of the back window. The children's mother still had on slacks and still had her head tied up in a green kerchief, but the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print.
Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet.
In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.
She said she thought it was going to be a good day for driving, neither too hot nor too cold, and she cautioned Bailey that the speed limit was fifty-five miles an hour and that the patrolmen hid themselves behind billboards and small clumps of trees and sped out after you before you had a chance to slow down.Complete summary of Flannery O’Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find.
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(Flannery O’Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find") Often overlooked is the symbolism and foreshadowing of the grandmother’s hat. The hat symbolizes the grandmother’s desire to be view by the public as a lady, despite her hypocritical moral code toward others.
A Good Man is Hard to Find. by Flannery O'Connor. From:Flannery O'Connor: Collected Works the Library of America Flannery O'Connor A Good Man Is Hard to Find (c), p THE GRANDMOTHER didn't want to go to Florida.
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