A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by

Betty Smith

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Aunt Sissy’s first husband, or “John,” whom she agrees to marry after he wins a fist-fight with her father Thomas Rommely. A fireman who later dies in a blaze, a newspaper report identifies Sissy as his widow—meaning Sissy never divorced him. This “John” leaves Sissy his pension and places her in charge of his funeral arrangements, to Steve’s outrage.
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Jim Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Jim appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 38
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During a private conversation with her husband, Mae tells Jim that it won’t work out with Neeley and Francie. They look into each other’s eyes... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...creates a minor sensation in the family when everyone finds out that her first husband, Jim, died in a blaze. The newspaper declares Sissy his widow and she gets his pension.... (full context)