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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 17 Summary

  • Saturdays are Maya's favorite day of the week. She doesn't really have any reason why—they just are.
  • Every Saturday, Maya gives Bailey Jr. her allowance so that he can go see a movie. In return, he buys her some comics. Win-win.
  • But this Saturday is different. Bailey Jr. is late.
  • Momma and Maya go searching for him, and when finally they find him, he seems shaken by something he has seen.
  • Days later, Bailey Jr. tells Maya that he saw a white actress in a movie (Kay Francis) that looked just like Vivian. A few weeks later, they go check it out and Maya totally sees it—this lady really does look like their mom. Bailey Jr. only gets mopier. He tries to hop on a train to see his "mother dear," but fails.
  • A year later, Bailey tries one more time to hop on a train to St. Louis, but this time he ends up lost in Baton Rouge for two weeks. Pretty epic fail, Bailey.

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