The Question and Answer section for Flannery O'Connor’s Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
There is actually some historical context to this. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is actually the title lyric of a song composed and performed by Eddie Green in 1918. The song was pretty popular. When we examine the following lyrics, it becomes...
Manlley seems okay until he starts kissing her. His demeanour changes to being controlling and rather condescending towards Joy.
She feels pretty let down about the experience. She had expected more from her first kiss.