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Everything That Rises Must Converge
by Flannery O'Connor
Julian Chestny Timeline and Summary
Julian waits for his mother to put on her hideous hat so he can accompany her to the Y. Soon, Julian loses patience and walks out the door. Once outside, his mother wants to return the hat and he tells her to "shut up and enjoy it" (13). He gets into an argument with her about integration and their family history of owning slaves. When they reach the bus stop, Julian takes off his tie to upset his mother … but then he puts it back on when she insists. On the bus, Julian sits next to his mother and pretends to read a newspaper to avoid speaking with the other white passengers. A large, well-dressed black man gets on the bus, and Julian sits next to him. Why? Duh, to upset his mother. Julian asks the man for matches, even though he doesn't smoke. A black mother and son get on the bus. Ha! She's wearing the same hat as his mother. When they're about to leave the bus, he realizes his mother will try to give money to Carver. He panics and tells her not to do it. Carver's mother hits Julian's mother and he tells her that she "got exactly what you deserved" (104). Julian finally sees that his mother is not okay when she falls to the ground again. He runs into the darkness, screaming for help.