Mr. Freeman is Vivien’s live-in boyfriend in St. Louis. When Marguerite and Bailey come to visit them for a few months, Mr. Freeman sexually assaults Marguerite. The abuse escalates until he rapes her. He warns Marguerite not to tell anyone, or he will kill Bailey. But Marguerite eventually does tell her brother, and Mr. Freeman is kicked out of the house. He is sentenced to a year in prison, but is killed (likely by Vivien’s brothers) before he can serve his sentence.
Mr. Freeman Quotes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Freeman or refer to Mr. Freeman. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Books edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1993.).
Chapter 11 Quotes
He held me so softly I wished he wouldn’t ever let me go. I felt at home.
Mr. Freeman Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Freeman appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Mother returns and makes Marguerite soup, believing her to have come down with some virus. Mr. Freeman threatens Marguerite again as she is lying in bed. Later that night Marguerite hears her... (full context)