Annie John | Study Guide

Jamaica Kincaid

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Annie John | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1950s

    Annie explores her fascination with death and funerals.

    Chapter 1
  • Two years later

    Mother tells Annie to choose her own dress fabrics.

    Chapter 2
  • Shortly after

    Annie starts school and befriends Gwen.

    Chapter 3
  • The next year

    Annie plays marbles with the Red Girl.

    Chapter 4
  • Shortly after

    Annie gets her first period.

    Chapter 4
  • That fall

    Annie defaces a picture of Christopher Columbus.

    Chapter 5
  • Shortly after

    Annie bumps into Mineu on the street.

    Chapter 6
  • That spring

    Annie falls ill and receives various treatments to get well.

    Chapter 7
  • Three months later

    Annie's sickness disappears.

    Chapter 7
  • Shortly thereafter

    Annie immigrates to England.

    Chapter 8

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 An adult Annie John recalls her childhood, starting with the rumination that when she was 10, "I thought only people I d... Read More
Chapter 2 Annie describes the typical daily goings-on of her family life. Each morning her mother draws a cold bath for Annie's fa... Read More
Chapter 3 Annie starts a new school when she turns 12. Immediately, Annie stands out from the crowd and proves herself as an advan... Read More
Chapter 4 Annie has become an "expert in stealing" and hiding stolen or forbidden objects under the porch. She mostly steals books... Read More
Chapter 5 Annie has been doing so well in school she has been made prefect, a job she finds entertaining, given that she has some ... Read More
Chapter 6 When Annie turns 15, her unhappiness with life turns into depression that manifests itself in "the shape of a small blac... Read More
Chapter 7 Unexpectedly, Annie falls mysteriously ill. She suffers terrible exhaustion and lack of appetite but shows no other symp... Read More
Chapter 8 Now 17 years old, Annie prepares to leave Antigua for England where she will start nurse training. All Annie can think d... Read More
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