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(Keep in mind that it wouldn't have been proper for a southern lady like Minnie to buy her own alcohol, especially considering that it was illegal to make, buy or sell alcohol in the early 1930s, when this story was published, and probably set.)
Nowadays, Minnie's mom doesn't leave her room, and her aunt takes care of the house.
She goes to the movies in the evening, with neighbor women, puts on one of her voile dresses, and walks around downtown, by herself.
When she walks by men they don't watch her walk by like they used to.