Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

by

Lisa Wingate

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Before We Were Yours can help.

Hootsie Character Analysis

A young maid at Darren and Victoria Sevier’s home. Hootsie is also Zuma’s daughter. Hootsie initially doesn’t get along with Rill and Fern when they are adopted, but after the sisters run away Hootsie realizes that she likes having them around. Decades later, Hootsie helps maintain the quaint cottage where Judy Stafford, Rill, Fern, and Lark meet every Thursday to have sister time. Hootsie is the one who tells Avery Stafford the truth about Judy’s past—she was one of the twins Queenie delivered and believed was stillborn.

Hootsie Quotes in Before We Were Yours

The Before We Were Yours quotes below are all either spoken by Hootsie or refer to Hootsie. 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:
Personal Identity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ballantine edition of Before We Were Yours published in 2017.
Chapter 23 Quotes

“I only took it fo’ safekeepin’,” the woman says. She hands me the tin piece and the papers separately. “That cross been Queenie’s, long time ago. Miss Judy write the other. It’s her story, but she never write the rest. They decide they all gon’ carry it to they graves, I guess. But I figure somebody might come askin’ one day. Secrets ain’t a healthy thang. Secrets ain’t a healthy thang, no matter how old they is. Sometimes the oldest secrets is the worst of all. You take yo’ grandmother to see Miss May. The heart still knows. It still know who it loves.”

Page Number: 296
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Before We Were Yours LitChart as a printable PDF.
Before We Were Yours PDF

Hootsie Character Timeline in Before We Were Yours

The timeline below shows where the character Hootsie appears in Before We Were Yours. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...River. Rill learned this from the family of servants who work there, Zuma, Hoy, and Hootsie. Rill doesn’t want herself or Fern to be alone with Darren even though he tries... (full context)
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
Zuma doesn’t like Rill and Fern because the Seviers buy presents for them instead of Hootsie now. Sometimes Zuma will tell Rill and Fern they’ll have to go back to the... (full context)
Chapter 23
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...ones that separated them. The old woman tells Avery to tell May and Judy that Hootsie says it’s time for them “to be who they is.” (full context)
Chapter 25
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
...with her knowledge of her family history. She told Elliot about what she learned from Hootsie and he told her to think of how this knowledge might change how people see... (full context)
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
Avery says she agrees with Hootsie that the truth is valuable. May snorts and says Hootsie just likes to stir the... (full context)