Tolroy’s elderly aunt, who surprises him by unexpectedly accompanying his mother to London. A woman who has spent her life in Jamaica, she is unaccustomed to life in the big city. As such, she tends to stay within her own neighbrohood, making frequent trips to a grocery store that stocks Jamaican products. She constantly reminds Tolroy that she was an instrumental caregiver to him when he was growing up, and she is fiercely protective of her family. When Agnes finally runs away from her abusive husband, Lewis, Tanty refuses to tell Tolroy where the young woman has gone, knowing that Tolroy will pass the information along to Lewis. Despite her old-fashioned ways, Tanty is also often adventurous and fun, as is the case when she finally ventures outside her small neighborhood anrides the metro and a double-decker bus, or when she embarrasses the demure Harris at one of his swanky parties by forcing him to dance with her in front of the high-society white people he wants so badly to impress.
Tanty Bessy Character Timeline in The Lonely Londoners
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...sees his mother coming off the train. To his surprise, she’s followed by his aunt, Tanty Bessy, and his relatives Lewis and Agnes, along with their two children. His mother explains... (full context)