The Displaced Person
by Flannery O'Connor
The Displaced Person Warfare Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Section.Paragraph)
"Time marches on!" (1.10)
This is the phrase that Mrs. Shortley remembers from the newsreel she sees of some Holocaust victims. Click here to explore the kinds of newsreels she describes, and to see how the phrase was used in them.
"She in a camp three year." (2.57)
Mr. Guizac tries to explain to Mrs. McIntyre just how desperate his cousin's situation is. Mrs. McIntyre doesn't care. She is more worried about the scandal an interracial marriage would create than the tragedy of a young girl dying in a prison camp.
"My obligation is to the people who have done something for their country, not to the ones who just come over to take advantage of what they can get." (3.35)
We seriously doubt that Mrs. McIntyre feels any particular loyalty to Mr. Shortley because he fought in World War I. She will use anything as an excuse to justify her actions. War happens to be convenient for this occasion.