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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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:
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). 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.

Related Characters: Maya Angelou (speaker), Mr. Freeman
Page Number: 73
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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.
Chapter 10
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Their mother has a live-in boyfriend named Mr. Freeman . He is fat and ugly and seems to understand he is lucky to have... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...has left, and feels a pressure in her back. She has a dim understanding that Mr. Freeman is pressing his penis into her, but doesn’t know if this is wrong or not.... (full context)
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Soon she becomes very confused again, however. Mr. Freeman accuses her of wetting the bed. Then he tells her that if she ever tells... (full context)
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...Marguerite becomes lonesome, and longs to be held gently again. One evening she sits on Mr. Freeman’s lap. He moves against her for a short while then abruptly stands up to go... (full context)
Chapter 12
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One afternoon when Vivien and Bailey are out for the day, Mr. Freeman calls Marguerite over to him. She resists—she has found happiness in the library and doesn’t... (full context)
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...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)
Chapter 13
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...Marguerite no one can kill him, and Marguerite trusts him enough to tell him that Mr. Freeman was the one that hurt her. Soon after, Mr. Freeman is arrested. Marguerite is called... (full context)
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Mr. Freeman is sentenced to one year in prison, but before his sentence even starts he is... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...love note, and asks Marguerite if she loves Tommy. The word love reminds Marguerite of Mr. Freeman and she says she does not love Tommy. Together she and Louise tear up the... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...humiliated if news got out that his lady had cut up his daughter. She recalls Mr. Freeman and feels guilt well up in her. She decides to run away. (full context)