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 mother and daughter are both named Lucynell. The younger Lucyness is mentally handicapped.
Among many things, Grandma mistakes her old plantation house as being in the wrong state. The family drives into the woods. Startled by Grandma's cat, which she hid in the car, the car crashes. That is when the Misfit shows up with the gun.
"I'd smack his face," John Wesley said.
"Tennessee is just a hillbilly dumping ground," John Wesley said, "and Georgia is a lousy state too."
"My daddy said I was a different breed of dog from my brothers and...