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Hulga and Manley in "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor are never honest with each other. Why?

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Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor features two characters who hide behind their names.  Joy Hopewell believes that no man will ever be interested in her because she has a prosthetic leg.  She renames herself Hulga because of its ugly sound.  Manley Pointer used the epithets: the Bible salesman and even further “good country people.”

The two characters encounter each other after Manley comes to the Hopewell house to try to sell his Bibles. He shows an interest in Hulga. 

Hulga is an interesting character.  Her leg was shot off in a hunting accident when she was a small child. A heart condition has prevented her from trying to find a life for herself.  Now she is thirty-two, and her life has been devoted to earning her PhD in philosophy.  Her persona is one of clomping around the house with a bitter attitude. 

When Manley Pointer comes, he appears to be intrigued by Hulga.  She tells him that she is seventeen.  Her leg has always been an embarrassment and also a...

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