A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by

Betty Smith

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Mr. Sauerwein Character Analysis

The butcher from whom the Nolans buy cow’s tongue. Francie notes how he is sometimes disagreeable about selling them the end of the tongue for a nickel. Usually, he sells cow’s tongue to rich people for seventy-five cents a pound, but if there is a little left, he will sell “the square end” for a nickel if you have “a pull,” or a slight struggle, with him over it. On the day Francie visits him, he gives it up easily, saying that he saved the piece for Katie because he likes her. He tells Francie to tell her mother, but Francie does not like Mr. Sauerwein and quietly decides not to deliver this message.
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Mr. Sauerwein Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Sauerwein appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Poverty and Perseverance Theme Icon
Gender, Sexuality, and Vulnerability Theme Icon
...her and he tells Francie to share this information with Katie. Francie does not like Mr. Sauerwein and will not tell her mother what he said. (full context)