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The Optimists Daughter The major characters in The Optimists Daughter are Judge McKelva Becky Mckelva Laurel Mckelva Wanda Fay Dr Courtland Miss Adele Courtland Tish Bullock Major Bullock Miss Tennyson and Miss Missouri Becky Mckelva was Judge Mckelvas wife before she died and had Laurel Mckelva with him Wanda Fay remarried Judge Mckelva after his wifes death Dr Courtland did surgery on Becky Mckelva and the final operation on Judge Mckelva Miss Adele Courtland is the sister of Dr Courtland and is a brides maid to Laurel McKelva Tish Bullock is also a brides maid to Laurel and is the daughter of Miss Tennyson and Major Bullock Miss Tennyson is another brides maid to Laurel McKelva and is married to Major Bullock Miss Missouri is the maid to the McKelvas and a long time friend of the family 31 Two main characters in The Optimists Daughter are Wanda Fay and Laurel McKelva Wanda Fay is a woman in her 40s and has the maturity of a child Whenever she becomes mad Fay starts to scream point fingers and search out people who will help her She can not stand up and fight for herself instead Fay uses tactics to make her opponent feel sorry or inferior This makes her extremely hard to get along with since she is always demanding and never giving Laurel McKelva is the complete opposite of Wanda Fay She is kind hearted nice caring and intelligent Laurel has a air of maturity and understanding around her due to her experiences in life 33 In The Optimists Daughter Judge McKelva will soon enter eye surgery to fix a slipped retina Judge McKelva his daughter Laurel and his new wife Fay are all anxious about the surgery and what might happen Laurels mother died from cancer that started with her eyes and the family fears that the judge might be suffering from the same illness The surgery symbolizes a fear that
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