The Question and Answer section for Flannery O'Connor’s Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The Misfit was in jail because he'd committed multiple murders. He was a serial killer.
Tom abandons Lucynell about one hundred miles from her home. He leaves her sleeping on the counter at The Hot Spot diner and tells the young man working at the counter she's a hitchhiker.
The grandmother is referring to her childhhod and the behavior that was once expected of children. She is noting how behavioral expectations had changed over the course of her lifetime.
"In my time," said the grandmother, folding her thin veined...