Flannery O'Connor's Stories

Good Country People

What lie does Joy tell? Why? Is it a joke or a blatant lie?

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Joy tells Manley she is seventeen. This is a blatant lie, as she is thirty-two.

Joy was her daughter, a large blonds girl who had an artificial leg. Mrs. Hopewell thought of her as a child though she was thirty-two years old and highly educated.


Good Country People