Study Guide

Having Our Say Part I, Chapter 4: Bessie

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Part I, Chapter 4: Bessie

  • Sadie and Bessie share their home with another family, and those neighbors are shocked by how much noise these elderly sisters make late at night—they even wonder if there's a ghost in the house! Who you gonna call?
  • Bessie believes that they are still able to have a good time because "oppressed people have a good sense of humor" (1.4.5).
  • They even celebrate their father's birthday each year by cooking his favorite meal and making cake.
  • Bessie attributes their longevity to the fact that they avoid doctors and stay active. Sure beats a retirement home, huh?