Like Mother, Like Daughter
From Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Good Country People”:
“Mrs. Hopewell would say ‘If you can’t come pleasantly, I don’t want you at all’? to which the girl would reply, ‘If you want me, here I am—LIKE I AM’” (O'Connor 171).
Poor, confused Hulga and Mrs. Hopewell. Mrs. Hopewell thinks she is so nice and polite. Yet, when it really comes down to it she looks down on everyone. Hulga, on the other hand, with all her degrees, think she has the world figured out—there is no God. Yet, when Hulga finds out the Bible salesman is not a Christian, she becomes very afraid. It would seem Hulga is not quite as atheistic as she claims, just like Mrs. Hopewell is not as kind as she thinks. Like mother, like daughter, both are deluded in their own ways. The question is, which one is more so?