I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Chapter 24 - Chapter 27 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 24, Maya's candy eating catches up to her, and she is plagued with a toothache. Momma takes her to the local, white dentist, as he owes her a favor. Maya notes she is aware Momma loaned money to both blacks and whites during the Depression, and many still owe her. Maya, in horrific pain, does have enough wits about her to straighten up as they walk through the white neighborhood, but her pain is immense. Maya points out that she felt the pain lessen in the white neighborhood. At the dentist, Momma goes to the back door, and when greeted by a young white girl, is left to wait for over an hour before Dr. Lincoln arrives. When Momma explains to him that Maya is ill, he attempts to gently remind her he doesn't work on blacks. She persists, reminding him of his debt to...

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