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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty is the tale of the unstoppable love and care of a grandmother for her grandchild It tells a story of sheer determination as Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get medicine for her chronically ill grandson She strives forward despite frequent obstacles in her way that include her own failing health and the grandchilds slim chance of survival Phoenix Jackson is an old Negro woman who continues forward over barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the young This is a journey which she has taken before and now the time come around she must travel it again She begins her journey to town on a bright frozen day in the early morning in December Phoenix Jackson is very old and small and walks like the pendulum in a grandfather clock ever so carefully with her thin small cane made from an umbrella The description of Phoenix Jackson at the beginning of this story gives the reader a glimpse of how difficult this trip is going to be for an elderly woman such as her The description Her eyes were blue with age Her skin has a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles are indications of Phoenix Jacksons old age She supports herself with a cane striving not to fall with every step she takes She wears a dress reaching down to her shoe tops along with an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks with a full pocket This just adds to her difficulties As she begins her journey she talks to herself and warns Out of my way all you foxes owls beetles jack rabbits coons and wild animalsKeep out from under these feet little bob-whites because as she says I got a long way She is determined to go down that path despite anything that might come between her and getting the medicine for her
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