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Angelou says she "sopped aroundlike an old biscuit" while she was mute, the simile telling of her lack of drive and passion for life. But, she is brought out of her cocoon by Mrs. Flowers, who Angelou describes in glowing terms. Mrs. Flowers "had a private breeze which swirled around" her on summer days, the image telling of how graceful and noble she was. She is "like women in English novels," exotic and almost too ideal to be real, and living in Stamps.