The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor - "Greenleaf" Summary & Analysis

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"Greenleaf" Summary

Mrs. May, a widow, awakens on a moonlit night and from her bedroom on the first floor of a farmhouse, hears the sound of an animal chewing. When she peeks through the slats of a Venetian blind, she sees it is a strange bull grazing on a hedge growing against her house. She assumes it is some nigger's scrub bull and growls at it to go away. It had sounded as if something was eating one wall of the house, and she is relieved when the animal moves away.

Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf are the hired hands for the house and they have five children, two of which are twin boys named O.T. and E.T. Mrs. May's own two sons, Wesley, the intellectual, and Scofield, the nigger-insurance agent, are lazy and uncooperative, never helping her with anything, and treating...

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