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The Displaced Person

The Displaced Person


by Flannery O'Connor

Mr. Guizac Timeline and Summary

  • Mr. Guizac arrives at Mrs. McIntyre's farm and moves in.
  • He immediately begins working.
  • Because of his hard work, the farm is beginning to prosper. He and his family seem to be doing better.
  • Mrs. McIntyre sees him give something to Sulk.
  • When she learns that that something is a photograph of Mr. Guizac's cousin, and also Sulk's fiancé, she confronts Mr. Guizac, warning him that he'll lose his job if he pursues the matter.
  • For most of the rest of the story we only see him working.
  • On one Saturday morning Mrs. McIntyre decides to fire him once and for all.
  • She finds him working on a small tractor, his legs sticking out.
  • Mr. Shortley begins driving a larger tractor towards the smaller one.
  • When the break on the larger tractor, being operated by Mr. Shortley, slips, nobody warns Mr. Guizac that it's headed toward him.
  • The tractor snaps Mr. Guizac's spine, and kills him.