I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 15: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 15: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Mrs. Bertha Flowers: “the aristocrat of Black Stamps” and “the lady who threw me my first life line”

Summary
Marguerite sops around the house “like an old biscuit” until she is thrown a life line by Mrs. Flowers. Mrs. Flowers asks Marguerite to carry her groceries home. Margaret is thrilled that she has been asked to go and changes her clothes before they leave. When Mrs. Flowers comments on how professionally sewn the dress is, Mrs. Henderson makes Marguerite remove it so that Mrs. Flowers can see the seams. Marguerite is humiliated. Mrs. Flowers seems to understand Marguerite’s feelings. She compliments Mrs. Henderson’s sewing and tells Marguerite to dress...

(The entire section is 508 words.)