The Gypsy Moth Summer Quotes

Julia Fierro
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There's a word for it...You know...What you people call your hair when it gets all unruly."
-- Woman at Fair (Part 1)

Importance: A round white woman at the fair refers to black as "you people," later describing their hair as "nappy." Jules checks himself to see if he heard the woman correctly and surprises himself by calling her "ma'am." This depicts the racial insensitivity of the whites on Avalon Island and the submissive inferiority that many blacks may feel in similar situations when whites display their ignorance of black culture.

She's a stubborn thing. If she doesn't change, no man will want her.
-- The Colonel (Part 2)

Importance: After Maddie talks back to her mother, the Colonel makes this statement. He views women as inferior to men as well as cheated on and abused his own wife, Veronica, throughout their entire marriage. The Colonel expects Maddie to be refined in order to please men, just as his wife was...

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