Please provide evidence to show that Squeaky loves her brother and understands his childish ways in "Raymond's Run."

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By her actions and her words, Squeaky proves several times that she dearly loves and understands her brother Raymond.

  • In her narration about her skills at running, Squeaky mentions that her brother Raymond "needs looking after cause he's not quite right." In her next remark, however, she is immediately defensive of him, challenging anyone who deprecates him.
  • When she runs, Squeaky makes sure that Raymond runs on the inside of her because his imagination leads him to childish acts such as pretending that he is a circus tightrope walker by going along the curb and balancing. So, because Raymond could stumble off the curb, Squeaky insists that he run on the inside of her path.

...if you don't watch him he'll dash across traffic to the island in the middle of Broadway and give the pigeons a fit.

  • While Squeaky explains that she trots whenever she can in order to keep in practice, she adds that Raymond keeps up because if he tarries, someone may ridicule him or ask him something insulting. While she does say "shame on Raymond if he can't keep up," Squeaky quickly adds that he does, "of course," make sure he stays with his sister. Obviously, she has trained him to stay with her because of her concern for him. 
  • Further, when Squeaky mentions that as she walks down Broadway, she encounters Gretchen and "her sidekicks." Alluding to a girl named Gretchen, Squeaky comments that this girl makes derogatory remarks about Raymond, but she does not realize that she and Raymond are similar--"she can't afford to throw stones." Clearly, she feels negatively toward Gretchen out of loyalty for her brother.
  • When Gretchen and her friends stop and speak to her, Squeaky watches as they look at Raymond "who has just brought his mule team to a standstill" and they prepare to say something derogatory. When Mary Louise Williams addresses Raymond, Squeaky intervenes defensively, "You got anything to say to my brother, you say it to me...."
  • After Rosie retorts with disrespect, Squeaky addresses her in a challenging manner until the girls depart.
  • As she arrives at the park for the race, Squeaky puts Raymond in the little swings while she registers and warms up. When it is time for her race, Raymond "is hollering from the swings" since he knows she will soon run. As she takes her place, Squeaky looks for Raymond and finds him on the other side of the fence, "bending down with his fingers on the ground just like he knew what he was doing." She thinks of scolding him, but refrains from exerting the effort since she knows he is all right.
  • As she races, Squeaky notices that her brother is also running along the fence, "palms tucked up behind him,...in his own style." She is clearly impressed as she says she has almost stopped to stare at him.
  • Squeaky comes in first. Then, she hears her brother screaming for her, and she watches as he climbs over the fence. "...it occurs to me that Raymond would make a very fine runner," she lovingly considers.
  • Now her thoughts turn to Raymond as she considers trying the piano and letting Raymond run. "...I've got a roomful of ribbons and medals and awards. But what has Raymond got to call his own?" Lovingly, Squeaky desires awards for Raymond, and is clearly more concerned about her brother than she is about having won the race. 
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