Gussie’s three-year-old sister. Johnny one day takes her, Francie, and Neeley to Canarsie to go fishing. Johnny feels sorry for Tilly, due to her being the younger sister of a boy whom he finds repulsive. Tilly does not speak at all during the trip until Johnny drops her off at her apartment. Her mother is outraged when Tilly arrives dripping wet and smelling of vomit from having thrown up on the way home. She finally utters, “T’anks,” before her mother ushers her inside.
Little Tilly Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The timeline below shows where the character Little Tilly appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to the neighborhood. Johnny, too, hears the story and feels contempt for Gussie for cheating Tilly out of something important. He thinks that she might grow up “thwarted.” He sends Francie... (full context)
...look strange—Johnny with his “green wrinkled salt-stiff pants” and an undershirt with big holes, Little Tilly “swallowed up in his coat” with saltwater dripping from her, and Francie and Neeley with... (full context)
...a spoiled suit, sunburn, rotting fish, and a feeling of nausea. He wonders why Little Tilly’s mother couldn’t understand the intention and overlook the result. He can’t figure any of it... (full context)