Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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This woman, whom Meena calls the Mysterious Stranger, gives Meena and Anita accurate predictions about their future, foreseeing challenges but success for Meena and a mediocre lifestyle for Anita, whom she predicts will likely become pregnant at an early age. She also warns Meena about her relationship with Anita, ironically noting that Anita is not Meena’s friend.
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The fortune teller Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character The fortune teller appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...not want to put his livelihood at risk. Meena sees Anita talking animatedly with a fortune teller who looks mysterious. Meena agrees to give a demanding Anita her entire spending money to... (full context)
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Taking Meena’s hand, the fortune teller tells her that her mother will soon have health problems but that they will receive... (full context)
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Anita then gives the fortune teller her hand, looking serious. However, after taking it in hers, the woman refuses to read... (full context)
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...walks up to her room to let her parents talk in peace, and wonders about the fortune teller ’s predictions. She feels frightened by everything that happened during the day and concludes that... (full context)
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...coming to England next week for a visit. Meena is then appalled to realize that the fortune teller ’s predictions are all coming true. (full context)
Chapter 11
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Meena explains that her childhood started to end during her tenth summer, like the fortune teller had predicted. The summer initially begins joyfully, as Meena’s father is awarded a promotion. Meena... (full context)