In "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, what do Squeaky's judgments of Cynthia Proctor, Mary Louise, and Rosie tell you about the type of person Squeaky is?  

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The paragraphs in which Squeaky narrates her feelings about Cynthia, Mary, and Rosie are great because Squeaky doesn't hold anything back from the reader.  She is completely honest about her disdain for those three girls and her reasons.  Those paragraphs tell a reader a lot about Squeaky.  First, it tells you that Squeaky is judgmental, which sounds bad.  But it is important to note that Squeaky is only being judgmental and harsh toward people that she sees as "two faced."  Cynthia acts like she doesn't care or practice things, but Squeaky knows better.  Mary and Rosie are the same way.

. . .and Rosie, who is as fat as I am skinny and has a big mouth where Raymond is concerned and is too stupid to know that there is not a big deal of difference between herself and Raymond and that she can’t afford to throw stones. 

Those two paragraphs also tell me that Squeaky is a very confident young lady.  She obviously isn't great friends with these three girls, and Squeaky doesn't appear to care about it either.  She doesn't need their approval or affection.  That's a big deal at Squeaky's age.  I teach junior high students, and having a friend clique is super important.  But Squeaky has enough self-confidence in herself to be okay with being a bit of an outsider.  She doesn't feel that she has to seek the approval of her peers.