A Worn Path


Eudora Welty

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Woman Character Analysis

Phoenix stops this woman on the street and asks the woman to tie her (Phoenix’s) shoes. The woman, who is probably white, obliges, and kneels down in a scene reminiscent of Mary Magdalene washing Christ’s feet. Yet, at the same time, the woman gruffly tells Phoenix to stand still, indicating her distaste and sense of superiority.

Woman Quotes in A Worn Path

The A Worn Path quotes below are all either spoken by Woman or refer to Woman. 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:
Race and Class Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harcourt Brace edition of A Worn Path published in 1982.
A Worn Path Quotes

"See my shoe," said Phoenix. "Do all right for out in the country, but wouldn't look right to go in a big building." "Stand still then, Grandma," said the lady. She put her packages down on the sidewalk beside her and laced and tied both shoes tightly.

Related Characters: Phoenix Jackson (speaker), Woman
Page Number: 147
Explanation and Analysis:
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Woman Character Timeline in A Worn Path

The timeline below shows where the character Woman appears in A Worn Path. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
A Worn Path
Race and Class Theme Icon
Nature and City Theme Icon
Human Dignity Theme Icon
Christian Overtones Theme Icon
A woman carrying a number of presents in her hands walks by and Phoenix stops her to... (full context)