o wine & cry o kicked the back of his father’s seat while driving Wimp! o Bailey gives in o sucker dirt road = o 1 mile BACK o hilly o “sharp curves on dangerous embankments” o ups & downs, highs & lows o blue trees, red dirt o “The road looked as if no one had traveled on it in months.” HINTS, FORESHADOWING …..danger!! sharp turns, ups & downs, no sign of life OOPS ! o wrong place o “It's not much farther," the grandmother said and just as she said it, a horrible thought came to her….. The horrible thought she had had before the accident was that the house she had remembered so vividly was not in Georgia but in Tennessee.” ACCIDENT: o cat that she sneaked w/them jumps on Bailey’s neck o “The thought was so embarrassing that she turned red in the face and her eyes dilated and her feet jumped up, upsetting her valise in the corner. The instant the valise moved, the newspaper top she had over the basket under it rose with a snarl and Pitty Sing, the cat, sprang onto Bailey's shoulder.” She = to BLAME for their deaths the plantation the wrong turn the cat the accident (b/c she had to get her way) o Kids = thrown to the floor (think it’s cool they were in an accident) o Mother & Baby = thrown out the door, into a ditch, scratched face & broken shoulder o Bailey = in car o Grandmother = thrown into the front, under the dashboard into the front replaces the WIFE MOTHER replaces WIFE reverse OEDIPAL COMPLEX o Car = 360, turns over once & ends right-side up, in a gulch 10 feet from road “Bailey’s wrath” o like HULGA, Mary Grace o seething hate for parent o knows she drives him crazy negative attention = attention o Bailey throws the cat against a pine tree 4
( displacement ) Grandmother o hopes she broke something attention does not have to face Bailey’s wrath all at once o does NOT accept responsibility (cat) o does NOT “confess” that she was wrong about the plantation all get out & sit in ditch, shaking o (except kids, who think it’s cool, disappointed no one was killed) o ( antisocial – no care for anyone) Grandmother says she thinks she’s “injured an organ” BUT no one cares, responds THEN she “stood and waved both arms dramatically” to get the attention of a car o not hurt (attention) o She = to BLAME for their deaths waves for the car “You’re the Misfit!” Foreshadowing : car o watching o comes on slowly o “hearse-like” 3 : 1. Hiram – fat, red sweat shirt w/silver stallion on it, gun 2. Bobby Lee – khakis, blue-striped coat, gray hat pulled over his face, gun 3. MISFIT – driver, older than other boys, hair going gray, silver-rimmed glasses (“scholarly look”), long creased face, no shirt on, too-tight jeans, holding black hat, gun Grandmother recognizes the Misfit o Gets them KILLED o “Yes'm," the man said, smiling slightly as if he were pleased in spite of himself to be known, "but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn't of reckernized me.”
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