The Bluest Eye

A "high yellow dream child", as Claudia calls her, Maureen is a mulatto girl from a wealthy family. She moves to Loraine in the winter, interrupting the tedium of the long winter months. She wears nice clothing and brings large, healthy lunches to school. She is treated with special kindness and respect by her peers, and feels she is superior to others. She is capable of both kindness and cruelty.

Maureen Peal Quotes in The Bluest Eye

The The Bluest Eye quotes below are all either spoken by Maureen Peal or refer to Maureen Peal. 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 Vintage edition of The Bluest Eye published in 2007.
Chapter 10 Quotes

I thought of the baby that everybody wanted dead, and saw it very clearly. It was in a dark, wet place, its head covered with great O's of wool, the black face holding, like nickels, two clean black eyes…no synthetic yellow bangs suspended over marble-blue eyes, no pinched nose and bowline mouth. More strongly than my fondness for Pecola, I felt a need for someone to want the black baby to live—just to counteract the universal love of baby dolls, Shirley Temples, and Maureen Peals.

Related Characters: Claudia MacTeer (speaker), Pecola Breedlove, Maureen Peal
Related Symbols: Blue Eyes
Page Number: 188
Explanation and Analysis:

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Maureen Peal Character Timeline in The Bluest Eye

The timeline below shows where the character Maureen Peal appears in The Bluest Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...monotony of winter is broken by the arrival of a new girl at school named Maureen Peal. Maureen is a light skinned black girl with green eyes. She comes from a... (full context)
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Claudia and Frieda are "bemused, irritated and fascinated" by Maureen Peal. Her expensive clothing and plentiful lunches shame the girls' ragged clothing and meager lunches.... (full context)
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Maureen is assigned the locker next to Claudia's. Claudia knows she is about to become friends... (full context)
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...his hand back asks Claudia if she wants a fat lip. Before he can swing, Maureen steps forward beside Claudia and stops the violence. Claudia suggests that the boys did not... (full context)
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After the altercation, Maureen takes Pecola's arm and introduces herself. When Pecola tells Maureen her name, Maureen responds that... (full context)
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Maureen offers to buy Pecola an ice cream at Isaley's. As they walk, Claudia thinks about... (full context)
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...walk home, they pass the Dreamland Theater, where they see an image of Betty Grable. Maureen asks the girls if they love Betty Grable as much as she does. Pecola agrees,... (full context)
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Maureen then tells the girls that Audrey, who is sixteen, doesn't menstruate yet. She then asks... (full context)
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Maureen continues pushing the issue. "What do I care about her old black daddy?" she says.... (full context)