A Raisin in the Sun

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The Youngers’ meddling neighbor in their apartment in Chicago’s South Side. A “rather squeaky wide-eyed lady of no particular age,” Mrs. Johnson is a noisy neighbor who takes a voyeuristic interest in the Youngers’ decision to move to all-white Clybourne Park – a decision that she takes to be practically suicidal.

Mrs. Johnson Quotes in A Raisin in the Sun

The A Raisin in the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Johnson or refer to Mrs. Johnson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of A Raisin in the Sun published in 2004.
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Mrs. Johnson Character Timeline in A Raisin in the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Johnson appears in A Raisin in the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 2
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...and knowing” look, aware that it is their meddling neighbor. Ruth opens the door and Mrs. Johnson enters, carrying a newspaper. Mama and Ruth politely greet Mrs. Johnson, who brazenly pats the... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnson asks Mama and Ruth if they “seen the news what’s all over the colored paper... (full context)
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In a not-so-subtle way, Mrs. Johnson asks for a cup of coffee, which Ruth and Mama give her. Mrs. Johnson then... (full context)
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...her bedroom and heads to the bathroom. On her way, she “crisply” says hello to Mrs. Johnson , who is insulted by Beneatha’s curt manner. After Beneatha exits, Mrs. Johnson tells Mama... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnson bristles at Mama’s speech, declaring that the Youngers are “one proud-acting bunch of colored folks.”... (full context)