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A Good Man is Hard to Find
by Flannery O'Connor
The Misfit Timeline and Summary
We first hear of The Misfit from the grandmother, who tells Bailey that he's a criminal from the federal penitentiary and he's on the loose. We hear mention of The Misfit again when the grandmother brings him up with Red Sammy. The Misfit shows up in the flesh, driving his hearse-like car, after the family has had its accident. The grandmother recognizes the Misfit, and tells her it would have been better for her own sake if she hadn't pointed out who he is. The Misfit tells his accomplices, Bobby Lee and Hiram, to take Bailey and John Wesley into the woods for a "talk." In response to the grandmother's questioning, The Misfit tells her a bit about his past. The Misfit tells Bobby Lee and Hiram to take the mother, June Star, and the baby into the woods. The Misfit starts talking with the grandmother about Jesus, and has some pretty serious things to say. When the grandmother reaches out to touch The Misfit, he shoots her in the chest three times, and then cleans his glasses. The Misfit tells Bobby Lee and Hiram that the grandmother would have been a good woman, if he had been around to shoot her all the time. Then he says there's no pleasure in life.