A kind woman who runs the orphanage in Memphis to which Richard is sent as a young child, Miss Simon takes a liking to Richard, who is so nervous he cannot perform the tasks of her “secretary,” as she desires. Miss Simon later punishes Richard with the switch for trying to escape the orphanage.
Miss Simon Quotes in Black Boy
The Black Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Simon or refer to Miss Simon. 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:).
Chapter 1 Quotes
Blot it [she said].
I could not lift my hand. I knew what she had said; I knew what she wanted me to do; and I had heard her correctly. I wanted to look at her and say something, tell her why I could not move; but my eyes were fixed upon the floor.
Miss Simon Character Timeline in Black Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Simon appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.