I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 21: Summary and Analysis

Maya Angelou

Chapter 21: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Joyce: Bailey’s first love outside the family

Mrs. Goodman: a customer in the Store who gives the reader information about the whereabouts of Joyce

Summary
Chapter 21 describes the sexual experiments of Bailey. While Marguerite serves as the lookout, Bailey takes girls into a tent he constructed in the back yard. Bailey finally has sexual relations with Joyce, a new girl in the community. Marguerite explains that Joyce was Bailey’s first love outside the family.

Mrs. Goodman, at the end of the chapter, tells Momma that Joyce has left Stamps with one of those railroad porters. Bailey is at first despondent, but he is finally able to summarize the...

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