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by Jamaica Kincaid

Mom Timeline and Summary

  • Mom gives her daughter a ton of advice, ranging from "sweep out a corner this way" to "don't be a slut."
  • Actually, that's about it.
  • She goes on for 605 words and totally bowls over her daughter when the poor girl tries to interrupt.
  • At the end, Mom is disgusted to find out that her kid hasn't absorbed any of the lessons.