This goes for the stock market too. This was nearly points above the prior high of 2, which was notched on January 26th.
The wall "belongs to the [residents] of Taliaferro Street," and has been theirs for years; the bigger kids play handball against it, the "old folks" sit in its shade, and the narrator and Lou chiseled their friend Jimmy Lyon's name on it when they found out he was never coming home from Vietnam.
To make things worse, the painter lady is not even from the area; the license plates on her battered car indicate that she is from New York. Angry at the interloper, the children voice their displeasure, but the woman pays them no mind.
The painter lady is still there when the children return home from school. Lou is slightly impressed with the woman's skill, but the narrator reminds him that they are "at war" with her. Side-Pocket, a "cool" young dude, comes out of a nearby pool hall to watch the proceedings, and the little Morris twins venture over from across the street with a jug of lemonade and a tinfoil-covered plate of dinner for the visitor.
When the twins shyly extend their neighborly offering, the woman cursorily acknowledges them, peeks at what is under the tinfoil, and abruptly returns it, saying, "Thank your mother very much I've brought my own dinner along. To their chagrin, Daddy does not seem terribly concerned, and talks about other things as they walk over to help at Mama's restaurant.
Later that day, the narrator and Lou learn that the painter lady has lied about bringing her own dinner.
The woman comes into Mama's restaurant, "starving," and quite obliviously creates a stir by asking endless questions about the ingredients used in the menu items to determine if they will satisfy the requirements of her ridiculously restricted diet.
Mama holds her temper as long as she can, then she firmly tells the thoughtless guest, "You will get Mama tells the children to "quit fussing," but all weekend long, they try to think of a way to "recapture" their wall. A late night news television broadcast about graffiti-covered subway trains in New York gives them the impetus that they need.
Fiendishly inspired, the children rush to the hardware store after school on Monday, and purchase a spray can of epoxy with their allowance money. Jubilantly, the narrator and Lou proceed to Taliaferro Street, where they are dismayed to find that a huge crowd has gathered.
There are far too many people around to allow them to carry out their scheme, but their frustration turns into curiosity as they recognize neighbors and family members among the onlookers. Mama beckons to the children, and as they draw closer to the wall, they see that the painter lady is gone, and that the wall is finished.
Bold colors outlined in black swirl around portraits of famous faces; Martin Luther King, Jr. Almost reverently, Side Pocket steps forward, and, pointing with his cue stick, highlights the flags interspersed discreetly in the designs, like leaves on a vine.
Mozambique," he proudly intones, " The narrator is astonished to recognize the Morris twins, painted in intricate detail at the centers of vivid red and yellow flowers.
A boy "spinning a globe A "fierce-looking man" who looks like Daddy stands guard over the children, "defending their right to do what they [are] doing.Theme. A theme is a central idea in a literary work.
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Stanford Scholars Reflect on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In "The War of the Wall," by Toni Cade Bambara, the narrator and her cousin, Lou, notice that there's a stranger from out of town attempting to paint a wall in the neighborhood.
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