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A Good Man is Hard to Find
by Flannery O'Connor
Bailey Timeline and Summary
Bailey is "at home," somewhere. He wants to take his family on a trip to Florida, against the wishes of his mother. Grandma conquered, Bailey sets off with the rest of the family the next morning. He's the driver, and the nominal person in charge. Bailey stops with the family at Red Sammy's for a bite to eat. Upon learning of the old plantation from the grandmother and the kids, Bailey refuses to go. Some kicks in the kidney from his son, John Wesley, change his mind. Bailey is attacked by a flying cat, (Pitty Sing), loses control of the car, and lands the family in a ditch, after flipping over the car. In retaliation, he flings the cat against a tree. When the Misfit arrives, Bailey says the family is in "quite a predicament." Bailey's mother spills the beans – she knows the drive is The Misfit – and he calls her something truly nasty. Bailey is taken into the woods with John Wesley. Father and son are shot. His parrot-shirt is brought back for The Misfit