Bailey’s wife, who is never named, is described as having a face “as broad and innocent as a cabbage.” She is John Wesley and June Star’s mother, and the Grandmother’s daughter-in-law. For most of the story, she goes along with whatever the rest of the family is doing. Like the rest of her family, she eventually is executed by the Misfit and his henchmen.
Bailey’s Wife (the Mother) Quotes in A Good Man is Hard to Find
The A Good Man is Hard to Find quotes below are all either spoken by Bailey’s Wife (the Mother) or refer to Bailey’s Wife (the Mother). 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Strauss and Giroux edition of A Good Man is Hard to Find published in 1971.).
A Good Man is Hard to Find Quotes
“You all ought to take them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad. They never have been to East Tennessee.”
Related Characters: The Grandmother (speaker), Bailey, Bailey’s Wife (the Mother), John Wesley, June Star
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Bailey’s Wife (the Mother) Character Timeline in A Good Man is Hard to Find
The timeline below shows where the character Bailey’s Wife (the Mother) appears in A Good Man is Hard to Find. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
...go inside because people probably live there. John Wesley suggests that they sneak in, but Bailey’s wife says no. The Grandmother thinks nostalgically back to the days without paved roads. After some... (full context)
...the cat attacks him, and the car crashes. The grandchildren are knocked to the floor, Bailey’s wife is thrown out the door clutching her baby, and the Grandmother is thrown into the... (full context)
...matter,” because eventually he will forget what he did and “just be punished for it.” Bailey’s wife begins to breathe heavily, and the Misfit asks her to accompany Bobby Lee and Hiram... (full context)