Identify one example of dialogue that shows that Granny is tough."Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" by Toni Cade Bambara

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When the men from the Public Works Program unexpectedly appear in the yard of the Cains uninvited, Granny emerges quickly on the steps with the back screen door banging "soft and scratchy against her palms."  As the camera man explains that they want to take pictures of the house and the surroundings, Granny cuts him off with a "Good mornin'" and a smile that is really not a smile.

As the men call her the condescending term for an older black woman, "aunty," and praise the "nice things here," Granny talks "with her eyebrows" and retorts,

"I don't know about the thing, the it, and the stuff...Just people here is what I tend to consider." 

Then, when the men ask if she minds if they continue filming some, Granny replies,

"I do indeed....Suppose you just shut that machine off," said Granny real low through her teeth, and took a step down off the porch, then another.

The cameraman speaks in a patronizing manner, "Now, Aunty," as he points the camera at her.  But, Granny retorts, "Your mama and I are not related," implying the error of calling her "Aunty."

As the men attempt explanation that they are filming for the county as part of the food stamp campaign, the stoic Granny says nothing in her contempt, a contempt that she certainly communicates as she abruptly turns her back and reenters the house, letting the screen door bang loudly behind her.

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