Half Broke Horses


Jeannette Walls

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The wife of a rich commodities trader who gives Lily her first maid job in Chicago. Mim lives in a modern home with a radiator and running water. She behaves rudely towards Lily, often acting as though she is not there. Lily thinks she is very unintelligent. Mim fires Lily after only a week for allegedly not knowing her place. After this experience, Lily become certain she does not want to spend her life “polishing silver for rich dunderheads.”
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Mim Character Timeline in Half Broke Horses

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Chapter 3 
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...to becoming a maid, and quickly finds work with a commodities trader and his wife, Mim. Their house is modern, with a radiator and running water. Mim is rude and dim,... (full context)