Study Guide

Jimmy and Lydia in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

By Katherine Anne Porter

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Jimmy and Lydia

Granny's adult children, Jimmy and Lydia, show up at the very end of the story and hardly say a word. By then, Granny is close to her own end and barely recognizes them:

Their faces drifted above her, drifted away (57).

These two also pop up in Granny's musings, as the narrator remarks:

[Granny] wasn't too old yet for Lydia to be driving eighty miles for advice when one of the children jumped the track, and Jimmy still dropped in and talked things over: 'Now, Mammy, you've a good business head, I want to know what you think of this?. . .' (42).

So, there—Granny points to her adult children's continued reliance on her as proof that she's not just some useless old bat.

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