Why does Hulga agree to meet with Manley Pointer? What does this say about Hulga's philosophy?
Hulga Hopewell of "Good Country People" is an unusual character in Flannery O'Connor's fictional world. Hulga Hopewell’s loss of her leg at the age of nine from a gunshot determined her bitter personality and inability to connect to other people. O'Connor presents Hulga, with her Ph.D. degree in philosophy, as professed absolute atheism. To Hulga, there is no God and there is no afterlife; man is all.
Manley Pointer, a Bible salesman, hustles his way into the good graces of the Hopewell ladies. Manley says that was born in the country. Behaving with courtesy and interest in the ladies, Mrs. Hopewell asks him to come back again.
Hulga is standing out in the road when Pointer shows up. He just stood in front of her. Appearing to be fascinated by her, Pointer was sweaty and breathing like he had run a race. He begins by asking her a strange question intended to be a joke.
Hulga agrees to meet Pointer because he shows an interest in her. He asks her several questions...
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