talks about a suitor of hers in the past that used to bring a watermelon to her every week, and how one day a black child misinterpreted the suitors initials E.A.T to be a command to eat the watermelon. The family eventually stops at a restaurant named “The Tower” owned by a Mr. Red Sammy Butts. The owner of the restaurant strikes up a conversation about how people today are too untrustworthy, and how he recently let two men purchase gas on credit saying that “A good man is hard to find.” The grandmother praises Red Sammy on his
trusting nature, and she and Red Sammy continue to mourn over the current state of society. The family continues to travel toward Florida and eventually pass by a plantation that sparks a memory from the grandmother. She gives a pleasing description of the exterior of a house on the plantation, and even lies about a secret panel being located on the house. The story ends up exciting the children in the car, causing a fuss about taking a detour to see the house. 4) Crisis Point The father’s initial decision toward taking a detour toward the plantation house is a firm no. However, the older children throw a violent tantrum that sends the whole car into chaos, not only upsetting the father, but the mother and infant child as well. The father retorts by shouting back at the children saying “Will you all shut up? Will you all just shut up for one second? If you don't shut up, we won't go anywhere” (O’Connor 143). The crisis point occurs when the Father decides to appease to the children’s demands and travel toward the plantation house saying “All right, but get this: this is the only time we're going to stop for anything like this. This is the one and only time” (O’Connor 143). In an attempt to get the children to quiet down and stop bothering him, the father makes the decision that eventually leads toward the family’s certain death. The grandmother points out the dirt road that they would need to travel on, and the family continue on toward their sudden detour. 5) Falling Action
While traveling toward the plantation house, the family passes deep into the woods surrounding the area. The grandmother suddenly remembers that the house she was describing earlier was in fact located in Tennessee instead of Georgia. Absolutely terrified by her mistake, the grandmother kicks her feet causing the cat to escape from the basket and run around the car. The cat’s sudden appearance startles the father, causing him to steer off into a ditch and wreck the car. The only person injured from the accident is the mother with a broken shoulder. Still horrified by her mistake, the grandmother decides to keep her mistake to herself for the time being.