A Good Man is Hard to Find
by Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man is Hard to Find Manipulation Quotes
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[The grandmother] knew that Bailey would not be willing to lose any time looking at an old house, but the more she talked about it, the more she wanted to see it once again and find out if the little twin arbors were still standing. "There was a secret panel in this house," she said craftily, not telling the truth but wishing that she were, "and the story went that all the family silver was hidden in it when Sherman came through but it was never found . . ." (45)
Once the grandmother decides she wants to go to the house (out of nostalgia), she purposely says something false to ensure the children will cajole their dad into going there.
The grandmother was curled up under the dashboard, hoping she was injured so that Bailey's wrath would not come down on her all at once. (65)
The grandmother has indirectly caused the accident in three different ways. In the first case, she proposes they go to the plantation, and even lies to win over the kids. Then she leads everyone down the wrong trail. Finally, she startles the camouflaged cat into jumping on Bailey while he's driving. She could feel guilty about a lot. But instead of facing the anger of her son, she hopes that she's gotten injured so she can have his sympathy. To that end, she later makes the suspect claim that she's injured an organ.
"You wouldn't shoot a lady, would you?" the grandmother said and removed a clean handkerchief from her cuff and began to slap at her eyes with it. (86)
The grandmother now begins to convince The Misfit not to shoot her. Her first tactic is to appeal to being a lady. After all, everyone knows it's not proper to shoot ladies.