Mama's employer. She's a wealthy lady who lives in a Manhattan brownstone. When Ruth was a child, she watched Ms. Mina give birth to her son and the experience made her want to be a nurse. In the present, Ruth understands that Ms. Mina still employs Mama because she doesn't know how to take care of herself or her home. Though Ruth resents Ms. Mina for continuing to employ Mama into her old age, Ms. Mina also pays for some of Mama's surgeries and after Mama's death, pays for the lavish funeral. Ms. Mina insists throughout her life that Mama is part of the family, but Ruth believes that family shouldn't earn a paycheck.
Ms. Mina Character Timeline in Small Great Things
The timeline below shows where the character Ms. Mina appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1, Ruth
...of going to school. Mama never missed work for anything, so Ruth always reasoned that Ms. Mina (Sam Hallowell’s wife) and her daughter Christina just needed Mama more than she and Rachel... (full context)
Chapter 4, Ruth
...didn't like school. The girls returned to their Harlem school for a year and then Ms. Mina got Ruth an interview at Dalton, Christina's private school. Ruth earned a full scholarship and... (full context)
Chapter 7, Ruth