Sing, Unburied, Sing

by

Jesmyn Ward

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Misty Character Analysis

Misty is Leonie’s friend who drives with her to Parchman to pick up Michael. The two women use drugs together, and seem bound mostly by their addiction, though Leonie thinks of Misty as both her “best friend” and her “only friend.” Misty is white, and Leonie sometimes resents how much more easily Misty can move through the world because of this, but the two women also bond over their respective interracial relationships, since Misty’s boyfriend Bishop is black.

Misty Quotes in Sing, Unburied, Sing

The Sing, Unburied, Sing quotes below are all either spoken by Misty or refer to Misty. 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 Scribner edition of Sing, Unburied, Sing published in 2017.
Chapter 4: Leonie Quotes

How you think I paid for all my trips up to Bishop? From tips? She shook her head and snorted. You better take advantage.
I hear them four words over and over again when we get in the car and I watch Misty put the package in the pocket under the floorboards. You better take advantage. She said them words as though decisions have no consequences, when, of course, it's been easier for her. The way she said it, take advantage, made me want to slap her. Her freckles, her thin pink lips, her blond hair, the stubborn milkiness of her skin; how easy had it been for her, her whole life, to make the world a friend to her?

Related Characters: Leonie (speaker), Misty, Bishop
Page Number: 91
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Misty Character Timeline in Sing, Unburied, Sing

The timeline below shows where the character Misty appears in Sing, Unburied, Sing. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Leonie
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...the shift is over she goes back to the trailer where her friend and colleague Misty lives. The two women snort cocaine and Misty asks if Leonie is happy that Michael... (full context)
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...to take the kids to pick up Michael. When Leonie tells her, Mam asks if Misty is coming too. Misty’s boyfriend Bishop is also in Parchman, so she and Leonie usually... (full context)
Chapter 3: Jojo
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The next morning Leonie wakes Jojo and Kayla early and hurries them out the door. Misty is already waiting in the car. Jojo hugs Pop goodbye. They drive for a while,... (full context)
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Back in the car, Misty tells Leonie that she has to stop to see some friends for a minute before... (full context)
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...he is cooking meth. Jojo goes back inside the house, and they leave soon after. Misty takes a plastic bag with them into the car. (full context)
Chapter 4: Leonie
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Leonie reveals that Misty encouraged her to transport drugs on their trip to Parchman. Misty pointed out that it... (full context)
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...at Jojo in the backseat and thinks that he looks like Given, but more serious. Misty wants to drive past a courthouse that is apparently beautiful, but Leonie refuses. To her,... (full context)
Chapter 5: Jojo
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...to music and drink wine while Jojo sits with Kayla asleep on him. The meth Misty picked up from Fred and Carlotta falls out of her bag, and Al picks it... (full context)
Chapter 7: Leonie
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...room and slams the door behind her. She goes into the living room with Al, Misty, and Michael, and they all get high. (full context)
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...Leonie admits that they are coming from Parchman he handcuffs her. Shortly after he handcuffs Misty, too, and tries to do the same with Jojo. (full context)
Chapter 10: Leonie
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...Michael’s parents never came to visit him in Parchman. On the way, they drop off Misty, who is still annoyed about all the vomit she’s been exposed to on the journey.... (full context)