Little Zilphia

Display Name: 
Little Zilphia
Sort Name: 
Zilphia, Little
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Born
Biography: 

The story requires its readers to decide for themselves about the identity of the girl that Zilphia brings back to Jefferson at the end, claiming that she is her own daughter. The cues provided by the text, however, make it probable that this girl (whom the narrator calls "little Zilphia," 381) is the daughter of the painter Zilphia married many years earlier and his second wife: for example, the girl has "eyes like wood ashes and dark hair," both traits she shares with that husband (381, 375). As Zilphia did in her own childhood, this girl goes "to and from school" holding hands with her 'mother' (381).

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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