I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Chapter 9: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Bailey Henderson, Sr.: the father of Marguerite and Bailey and the son of Mrs. Henderson

Vivian Baxter: the mother of the children; known as Mother Dear to Bailey, Jr.

Summary
Bailey Henderson, Sr., comes to visit for a short while in Stamps. When he leaves, he takes Bailey and Marguerite with him. The children think that they are going to California, but he takes them to St. Louis, where their mother lives. Bailey Henderson, Sr., goes on to California, but he leaves the children with their mother. Marguerite thinks her mother is the most beautiful woman she has ever seen; Bailey falls instantly in love with her.

Analysis
Marguerite is maturing and beginning to develop a poor self-concept. Marguerite finds it hard to wait for the children in town to find out her father is here. She wants them to know how handsome and wonderful he is, but when she thinks of being compared with him, she fears she will come up wanting. Bailey...

(The entire section is 332 words.)