Little Charity in Eudora Welty’s A Visit of Charity In the short story of “A Visit of Charity” by Eudora Welty, a fourteen-year-old girl visits two women in a home for . In the short story of “A Visit of Charity” by Eudora Welty, a fourteen-year-old girl visits two women in a home for the elderly to bring them a plant and to earn points. Writers: Tom Ptasinski (adaptation), Eudora Welty (short story) Yet, one spring day she was changed forever, changed with one simple visit, a visit of charity.

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The main reason was so I could visit my grandmother almost daily. She seemed to rock faster and faster; Marian did not see how anyone could rock so fast. With her free hand she pushed her hair behind her ears, as she did when it was time to study Science.

Her hand reached over—it felt like a petunia leaf, clinging and just a little sticky.

Reluctantly accompanied by her Marian jumped up and moved toward the door. Marian suddenly pitched against the chair and sat down in it.

In the final stage of her life, Marian finds herself being admitted to a nursing home. In one class we listened to her reading Why I Live at the P.

But the old woman had not listened, anyway; she was rocking and watching the other one, wely watched back from the bed.


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Marian, suddenly propelled by the strong, impatient arm of the nurse, saw next the side-face of another woman, even older, who was lying flat in bed with a cap on and a counterpane drawn up to her chin. A Visit of Charity Is it possible that they have actually done a thing like this to anyone—sent them in a stranger to talk, and rock, and tell away her whole long rigmarole? Staci April 13, at 9: Marian leaned back rigidly in her chair.

Xharity – I thought the coincidence of Welty’s birthday, the quote, and that particular story was very serendipitous!

This site uses cookies. Marian felt as if she were walking on the waves, but the nurse paid no attention viit it. JoAnn April 15, at 7: It was the first time such a thing had happened to Marian.

“A Visit of Charity” by Eudora Welty

She wore a red coat, and her straight yellow hair was hanging down loose from the pointed white cap all the little girls were wearing that year. With the fingers of one hand she touched a very dirty cameo pin on her chest.

Stopping in her tracks, she first extended her arm, bent her elbow, and leaned forward from the hips, all to examine the watched strapped to her wrist; then she gave a loud double-rap on the door. Well, I’ve just read the story – thanks for the link – and agree that the quote from Eudora Welty is so relevant to this story! Then the old woman in bed cleared her throat and spoke. These conversations are my favorite part of blogging.


Her yellow hair under the white cap, her scarlet coat, her bare knees flashed in the sunlight as she ran to meet the big bus rocketing through the street. As though at an imperial command, the bus ground to a stop.

Lakeside Musing: “A Visit of Charity” by Eudora Welty

At the same time, another claw to match drew her all the way into the room, and the next moment the door closed behind her. Please check back, I almost always respond to comments! The window shade was down, and the only door was shut. Then from behind she suddenly clutched the child with her sharp little fingers. Visiit little girl put her cap on. Everything was silent until, behind one of the doors, an old lady of some kind cleared her throat like a sheep bleating.

Margaret BooksPlease April 14, at 2: Eudora Weltyshort stories.

Glad you got a chance to read the story. She had a bunchy white forehead and red eyes like a sheep. Eudroa Cast Credited cast: Marian’s life has come to an end, or at least her family thinks so.