Paradise Chapter 2 - Mavis Summary and Analysis

Toni Morrison

Chapter 2 - Mavis Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Mavis Albright: a housewife in Maryland whose baby twins have suffocated in a parked car; she is 27 years old.

Frank Albright: Mavis’ husband.

Sal: Mavis and Frank’s daughter, the eldest of their children. She repeatedly hurts her mother in a most malicious and obvious fashion.

Frankie James: one of Mavis and Frank’s two sons.

Billy James: the other of Mavis and Frank’s two sons.

Merle and Pearl: the twin babies whose deaths begin the chapter.

June: The journalist who interviews Mavis and her children; her supposedly professional probing seems condescending and unkind.

Birdie Goodroe: Mavis’ mother....

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