I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Tommy Valdon Character Analysis

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.
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Tommy Valdon Character Timeline in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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.
Chapter 20
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That winter, Marguerite receives a love note from Tommy Valdon, who is asking her to be his valentine. Marguerite decides she must ask Louise... (full context)
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Two days later Marguerite receives another note from Tommy. He says he’d seen her tearing up his last note, and doesn’t believe she meant... (full context)