The Displaced Person
The Displaced Person
by Flannery O'Connor

Mrs. Shortley Timeline and Summary

  • Mrs. Shortley marks the arrival of the Guizacs with suspicions.
  • She begins to fear that Mrs. McIntyre doesn't need her or her husband anymore.
  • As her insecurity increases, so does her fear of immigrants.
  • She begins reading the Bible.
  • Soon after, she has a prophetic vision of a mystical creature.
  • Not long after that she overhears Mrs. McIntyre telling Father Flynn that she plans to fire the Shortleys.
  • At Mrs. Shortley's insistence the Shortleys pack up their car and leave the farm.
  • Then she has a stroke and dies.

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