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Some people see things that others cannot. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Old Woman Magoun The hamlet of Barry's Ford is situated in a sort of high valley among the mountains. Below it the hills lie in moveless curves like a petrified ocean; above it they rise in green-cresting waves which never break.
It is Barry's Ford because at one time the Barry family was the most important in the place; and Ford because just at the beginning of the hamlet the little turbulent Barry River is fordable.
There is, however, now a rude bridge across the river. Old Woman Magoun was largely instrumental in bringing the bridge to pass. She haunted the miserable little grocery, wherein whiskey and hands of tobacco were the most salient features of the stock in trade, and she talked much.
Questions on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s “Old Woman Magoun,” “The Revolt of ‘Mother,’” and “The Long Arm” Directions: In a group of people, analyze these stories in light of the information that you can find about them and their cultural contexts. "Old Woman Magoun" is about a grandmother's care for her vulnerable and innocent granddaughter, Lily. She successfully protects Lily from her degenerate father until she reaches the age of fourteen, when a chance meeting forces Old Woman Magoun to make a terrible choice. Old Woman Magoun Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. From The Golden Book Magazine Vol. 11 No. 10 (October, ). The hamlet of Barry's Ford is situated in a sort of high valley among the mountains. Below it the hills lie in moveless curves like a petrified ocean; above it they rise in green-cresting waves which never break.
She would elbow herself Old woman magoun the midst of a knot of idlers and talk. She spread her strong arms like wings, and sent the loafers, half laughing, half angry, flying in every direction.
If I were a passel of lazy men layin' round, I'd start up for once in my life, I would. Old Woman Magoun looked after him majestically. I don't expect you to lay ary log of the bridge, but I'm goin' to have it built this very summer.
The weakness of the masculine element in Barry's Ford was laid low before such strenuous feminine assertion. Old Woman Magoun and some other women planned a treat— two sucking pigs, and pies, and sweet cake—for a reward after the bridge should be finished. They even viewed leniently the increased consumption of ardent spirits.
I've worked all my life and never done nuther. The two women sat on a bench in front of Old Woman Magoun's house, and little Lily Barry, her granddaughter, sat holding her doll on a small mossy stone near by.
From where they sat they could see the men at work on the new bridge. It was the last day of the work. Lily clasped her doll—a poor old rag thing—close to her childish bosom, like a little mother, and her face, round which curled her long yellow hair, was fixed upon the men at work.
Little Lily had never been allowed to run with the other children of Barry's Ford. Her grandmother had taught her everything she knew—which was not much, but tending at least to a certain measure of spiritual growth—for she, as it were, poured the goodness of her own soul into this little receptive vase of another.
Lily was firmly grounded in her knowledge that it was wrong to lie or steal or disobey her grandmother. She had also learned that one should be very industrious. It was seldom that Lily sat idly holding her doll-baby, but this was a holiday because of the bridge.
She looked only a child, although she was nearly fourteen; her mother had been married at sixteen. That is, Old Woman Magoun said that her daughter, Lily's mother, had married at sixteen; there had been rumors, but no one had dared openly gainsay the old woman.
She said that her daughter had married Nelson Barry, and he had deserted her. She had lived in her mother's house, and Lily had been born there, and she had died when the baby was only a week old.
Lily's father, Nelson Barry, was the fairly dangerous degenerate of a good old family.
Nelson's father before him had been bad. He was now the last of the family, with the exception of a sister of feeble intellect, with whom he lived in the old Barry house. He was a middle-aged man, still handsome.Apr 29, · Old Woman Magoun lives in Barry’s Ford somewhere in New England with her granddaughter, Lily.
Lily’s mother (Old Woman Magoun’s daughter) died during childbirth and Lily’s father is a prominent figure in Barry’s Ford and doesn’t want anything to do with Lily.
Old Woman Magoun was largely instrumental in bringing the bridge to pass. She haunted the miserable little grocery, wherein whiskey and hands of tobacco were the most salient features of the stock in trade, and she talked much.
Old Woman Magoun is the protagonist in this story; she is also a very complex character with many layers of personality to consider. She has devoted herself to raising and sheltering her granddaughter.
Throughout Lily's childhood, Magoun's determination to protect Lily has been centered on keeping the child secluded. Lily has not been permitted.
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Old Woman Magoun Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. From The Golden Book Magazine Vol. 11 No. 10 (October, ). The hamlet of Barry's Ford is situated in a sort of high valley among the mountains. Below it the hills lie in moveless curves like a petrified ocean; above it they rise in green-cresting waves which never break.
Old Woman Magoun is a poor but powerful citizen of the small hamlet of Barry’s Ford, as can be seen when she influences the men of the village to build a bridge across the Barry River.