character sketch of maggie in the chapter 'the haircut' from the book images literature class 6
In this story, Maggie is described as a young girl possessing an excellent character. She appears to be about 13 or 14 years old. Her large eyes have a sad expression. She is anxious to know whether the narrator was an Indian and inquires about him with the cashier. Later, when she meets the narrator directly, she expresses her anxiety about her brother working as a soldier in India .She wonders whether her information about India as a land of tiger, snakes and fevers is right. She invites the narrator to her home and introduces him to her mother. She also shares her mother's faith in crystal ring sent from India. When her mother becomes ill, she takes leave from the office to look after her. She requests the narrator to gaze at the crystal once more and tell her mom that her brother is alive and well, although it is a false claim. By doing so, she ensures the well-being of her mom. When the news of her brother's death comes, Maggie sacrifices a hard-earned shilling for buying flowers to be laid on her brother's grave. Thus, she proves herself to be a loving and caring girl. APPEARANCE : Thirteen years old, anxious figure, large eyes, poorly dressed. ATTITUDE TOWARDS OTHERS: respectful, caring, grateful. QUALITIES/TRAITS: hard working, disciplined, polite manners, an excellent character, loves her relatives, superstitious.