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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 21 Summary

  • Bailey Jr. starts playing "Momma and Poppa." In case you aren't familiar, that's code word for pretending to have sex. He is ten years old.
  • While playing the game, Bailey Jr. meets his first crush, Joyce. She convinces him to stop pretending and actually have sex with her. He is ten years old.
  • Joyce hangs around the Store and Bailey steals food for her (how cute) until one day she disappears.
  • Bailey Jr. sulks and pretends he doesn't remember her.
  • Eventually we learn that she eloped with a railroad porter. Hmmm.
  • Bailey Jr. is crushed and Joyce becomes she-who-shall-not-be-named.

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