I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

What is the relationship between Maya and Bailey? How does Bailey treat his sister?

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Maya and Bailey are very close. They depended on each other, but Maya depended on her brother more. She saw him as the greatest person in the world..... as her sibling and protector.

Bailey was the greatest person in my world. And the fact that he was my brother, my only brother, and I had no sisters to share him with, was such good fortune that it made me want to live a Christian life just to show God that I was grateful. Where I was big, elbowy and grating, he was small, graceful and smooth. When I was described by our playmates as being shit color, he was lauded for his velvet-black skin. His hair fell down in black curls, and my head was covered with black steel wool. And yet he loved me. When our elders said unkind things about my features (my family was handsome to a point of pain for me), Bailey would wink at me from across the room, and I knew that it was a matter of time before he would take revenge.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings