I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Chapter 30: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Dolores Stockland: Daddy’s new girlfriend

Chapter 30 takes place in San Francisco, Southern California where Marguerite’s father now lives, Mexico, and then in Southern California again. At her father’s invitation Marguerite leaves San Francisco and her mother to visit her father in southern California. There Marguerite meets Dolores, her father’s new girlfriend, for the first time. Marguerite and Dolores’s relationship is a strained one from the first meeting. Dolores is surprised to find Bailey’s daughter is almost as old as she; Marguerite is surprised that her father’s girlfriend is very young. The two young women find their habits are very different and that living under one roof makes for problems.

One day Bailey, Sr., takes Marguerite with him to Mexico for a night of drinking and carousing. Because her father is intoxicated, Marguerite, who has...

(The entire section is 293 words.)