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The story opens with Phoenix Jackson walking along the path through the pinewoods She is carrying a thin small cane made of an umbrella The story then begins describing her She is wearing a red rag a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks with a full pocket all neat and tidy but every time she took a step she might have fallen The story also describes her worn path of a face Her eyes are blue with age Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles All of these descriptions show Phoenix as a person who has weathered a great storm A simple walk through an airy open field is turned into an obstacle course full of imagination and struggle The first heroic quality is the fact that she has overcome a large obstacle In this case that obstacle is ageBravery is another key heroic characteristic that Phoenix possesses The simple fact that she is more than 90 years old as is walking through a field participating in what is described as childhood antics Phoenix has a hunter point a gun in her face and she doesnt even blink an eye He laughed and lifted his gun and pointed it at Phoenix She stood straight and faced him Doesnt the gun scare you No sir I seen plenty go off closer by in my day and for less than what I done This shows a great amount of courage even to the extent of carelessness She overcomes all of the obstacles she encounters--no matter how large or small--with courage and fortitude At one point she has to climb over a barbed-wire fence which is no small task for a woman of her age In order to make it past this obstacle she has to creep and crawl spreading her knees and stretching her fingers like a
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