Good Country People

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Carramae and Glynese Freeman – Character Analysis

Glycene and Carramae are Mrs. Freeman’s daughters. Carramae is fifteen and pregnant by her husband. Glynese is eighteen and unmarried. Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman often gossip about the girls, discussing the pregnancy and a marriage proposal Glynese receives. Hulga, who dislikes the sisters, has nicknamed them to herself Glycerin and Caramel, mocking what she sees as their sugary-sweet, conventional nature.

Carramae and Glynese Freeman – Quotes in Good Country People

The Good Country People quotes below are all either spoken by Carramae and Glynese Freeman – or refer to Carramae and Glynese Freeman –. 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 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux edition of Good Country People published in 1971.
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By the time Joy came in, they had usually finished the weather report and were on one or the other of Mrs. Freeman’s daughters, Glynese or Carramae, Joy called them Glycerin and Caramel.

Related Characters: Hulga Hopewell (Joy), Mrs. Hopewell, Mrs. Freeman, Carramae and Glynese Freeman –
Page Number: 272
Explanation and Analysis:

These women believe themselves to be good, moral people who are better than everyone else. However, Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman are constantly gossiping about others, which is not a pastime considered virtuous or industrious. Mrs. Hopewell, who has the greater social status, further believes herself to be kind and discerning because of her treatment of Mrs. Freeman. Her willingness to spend time with someone lower class, her identification of Mrs. Freeman as "good country people" rather than "trash," and her ability to make good use of Mrs. Freeman's nosiness all inflate Mrs. Hopewell's already large ego. However, when we see the two women together it is clear that they have similar interests and personalities, and neither one of them is better or smarter than the other. This passage is also an indication of Joy (Hulga)'s bitterness and cynicism. Joy mocks the names of Mrs. Freeman's daughters, who are pretty and successful in love, for seemingly no reason. This hints at Joy's own vulnerability and the pain of her loneliness. While she believes that she is being honest and intelligent by seeing through the hypocrisy and artifice of others, she actually cuts others down partly out of insecurity.


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Carramae and Glynese Freeman – Character Timeline in Good Country People

The timeline below shows where the character Carramae and Glynese Freeman – appears in Good Country People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Mrs. Hopewell is almost done. Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman talk about Mrs. Freeman’s daughters, Glynese and Carramae, whom Hulga has nicknamed “Glycerine” and “Caramel.” (full context)
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Mrs. Hopewell is proud to introduce Mrs. Freeman, Carramae, and Glynese around town. When she had been looking for a new tenant and employee... (full context)
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Back at breakfast, Mrs. Freeman notes that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Carramae, who is married and pregnant, has been vomiting. Watching Hulga, Mrs. Hopewell wonders what her... (full context)
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Appearances and Realities Theme Icon the present, Saturday morning, Mrs. Freeman now recounts the romantic success of her daughter, Glynese. Hulga joins in, hoping to keep Mrs. Freeman there as long as possible in order... (full context)