Mrs. Johnson accuses the Youngers of being "proud" because she thinks that the Youngers feel that they are better than the others who live in the inner city with them.
After the life insurance check on Mr. Younger has been received and cashed, plans get under way for the Youngers to move from their shabby dwelling that is much too small for two families. In Act II, Scene 2, Mrs. Johnson, a rather intrusive neighbor, stops by and is artificially friendly. When she sees the packing crates, she remarks,
"Oh, ain't we getting ready round here, though! Yessir! Lookathere! I'm telling you the Youngers is really getting ready to "move on up a little higher! --Bless God."
Mrs. Younger understands the tone of Mrs. Johnson, who obviously is envious of the Youngers. She sits patiently while Mrs. Johnson looks around and then says with exaggeration, "I'm just sooooo happy for y'all." Then, she accepts a piece of sweet potato pie, even though she has said she cannot stay. She asks Mrs. Younger if she...
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