The Habit of Being: Letters Setting & Symbolism

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Andalusia

This is the name of the two-story white farm house that Flannery O'Connor and her mother live in during a large portion of the book. It is not explained whether or not this home has been in the family for generations or whether it is that Flannery's parents bought the place prior to her birth. It is located four miles outside of the town of Milledgeville, Georgia.

Milledgeville, Georgia

This is the hometown of Flannery's mother. Flannery spent the second half of her childhood living there, before her father's early death. She also attended a women's college there and lived near there, out at Andalusia with her mother. Millegdville, Georgia is host to a high quality women's college, Georgia College. It also has a sanitarium, and a prison which in one letter Flannery assures a friend, balances the town's 'lacy quality'. Milledgeville is a Southern town; much...

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