Mattie Michael, Sections 1-3 Summary
The first woman whose life is detailed in The Women of Brewster Place is Mattie Michael, one of the most important characters in this novel. Mattie is older than the other main characters and comes to Brewster Place after her son, Basil, has forced her to leave her Southern home. Readers are introduced to Mattie as she is moving into an apartment on Brewster Place.
One of the first things that Mattie notices about her new neighborhood is the two-story-high brick wall that stands only six feet from her apartment. The wall, she realizes, will block out the sun for all the houseplants she has brought with her. In her Southern home, the plants had thrived. Thus the wall is a foreshadowing symbol of the changes in...
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