I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Mr. Freeman Timeline and Summary
- Mr. Freeman begins a relationship with Vivian, and she and her children move in with him.
- When Maya begins to have nightmares, she sleeps in bed with him and Vivian.
- One day, Mr. Freeman sexually abuses Maya and threatens to kill Bailey Jr. if she tells anyone. After avoiding her for a long time, he sexually abuses her again. Then he goes right back to avoiding her.
- While Vivian is gone, Mr. Freeman rapes Maya and threatens to kill both her and Bailey Jr. if she tells anyone.
- When Vivian realizes that Maya is sick, he has an argument with her and leaves the house.
- Mr. Freeman is discovered and arrested. He is sentenced to a year and a day in jail, but is released that night.
- Mr. Freeman is found later, apparently having been kicked to death.