Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio


Sherwood Anderson

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Tom Hard’s seven-year-old daughter. Tandy experiences the loss of her mother and is neglected under the care of her atheistic father. A drunk stranger who comes to Winesburg shares a mysterious prophecy with the little girl, telling her that a woman is coming who will transcend the flaws of humanity and that she could grow up to be that woman. He explains a quality that he calls “Tandy”—a courageous strength and willingness to be loved. The stranger encourages the girl to “be Tandy” by embodying these principles, endowing her with a new name and a renewed sense of purpose that directly conflicts with her father’s apathetic mindset. From then on, she rejects her given name and demands to be called Tandy.

Tandy Hard Quotes in Winesburg, Ohio

The Winesburg, Ohio quotes below are all either spoken by Tandy Hard or refer to Tandy Hard. 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 Signet edition of Winesburg, Ohio published in 1993.
15. Tandy Quotes

The stranger arose and stood before Tom Hard. His body rocked back and forth and he seemed about to fall, but instead he dropped to his knees on the sidewalk and raise the hands of the little girl to his drunken lips. He kissed them ecstatically. “Be Tandy, little one,” he pleaded. “Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. Be brave enough to dare to be loved. Be something more than man or woman. Be Tandy.”

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), The Stranger (speaker), Tandy Hard, Tom Hard
Related Symbols: Hands
Page Number: 132-133
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Tandy Hard Character Timeline in Winesburg, Ohio

The timeline below shows where the character Tandy Hard appears in Winesburg, Ohio. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
15. Tandy
Grief Theme Icon
Faith, Fate, and Meaning Theme Icon
Tandy Hard is a seven-year-old girl in Winesburg whose mother has died and who is now... (full context)
Faith, Fate, and Meaning Theme Icon
The stranger tells Tom Hard and Tandy that he has lost faith, but that there is a prophetic woman coming and that... (full context)