Mrs. Dalton, like her husband Henry, believes that the Dalton family is helping African Americans in Chicago by offering them jobs and by donating to charities in the Black Belt. Mrs. Dalton’s physical blindness—she has been blind for ten years—is a counterpart to what Bigger and Max consider to be her metaphorical “blindness” toward the plight of African Americans in Chicago.
Mrs. Dalton Quotes in Native Son
The Native Son quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Dalton or refer to Mrs. Dalton. 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: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harper Perennial edition of Native Son published in 1993.).
Book 2 Quotes
Listen, I just felt around in Mary’s room. Something’s wrong. She didn’t finish packing her trunk. At least half of her things are still there. She said she was planning to go to some dances in Detroit and she didn’t take the new things she bought.
Mrs. Dalton Character Timeline in Native Son
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Dalton appears in Native Son. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to sit and make himself comfortable, but Bigger is nervous around Henry, calling him “Mr. Dalton, sir”; Bigger’s nervousness, additionally, frustrates Bigger, as he is not sure why he is so... (full context)
...only following orders the previous night, the first night of his new job at the Daltons’ house. Henry seems convinced by Bigger’s innocence—by the idea that Bigger is as scared of... (full context)
...although he gave Bigger some Communist literature, he, Jan, did not come back to the Daltons’, nor did he tell Bigger to do anything with Mary’s trunk. Jan wonders, genuinely, who... (full context)
...the house, Jan runs into Bigger, who has gone down the staircase (Britten and Mr. Dalton have already left Bigger’s room to discuss matters further); Jan asks Bigger, again, why Bigger... (full context)
...an envelope, then rides the tram-car to Bessie’s apartment, remarking along the way that Mr. Dalton’s company owns the apartment house in which Bigger was raised, and probably the one where... (full context)
...to Bigger. Bigger tells the reporters that he really can’t say anything more than Mr. Dalton has just told them, and during their conversation, another reporter, who has gone upstairs to... (full context)