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Coming of Age in Mississippi


Mrs. Burke

Characters Mrs. Burke

Mrs. Burke is one of the numerous white women for whom Anne works as a maid. The nastiest and most blatantly racist, she is the closest portrait of prejudice in the book. Though Mrs. Burke ultimately gives Anne grudging respect, she still distrusts the majority of African Americans and remains ardently opposed to integration. Mrs. Burke demonstrates just how senseless and destructive the whites’ prejudice is against blacks.