Tommy sends Marguerite a love note for Valentine’s Day. Marguerite is scared at first for she associates love with Mr. Freeman and her assault. But Tommy sends her another note and Marguerite is touched by this. She develops a crush on him, but nothing comes of it. It is a refreshing example of innocent, earnest, childhood affection.
The timeline below shows where the character Tommy Valdon appears in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.