Walking Across Egypt
Mattie Rigsbee, from Walking Across Egypt by Clyde
Edgerton, is an extremely unique person. She is very bona
fide, a true Christian, but still likes to gossip every once in a
while. Her uniqueness shows in many ways: she is the best
cook in Listre, North Carolina, she has the compulsion to help
others that have less than she, and she is seventy-eight
years old and is just now starting to "run down."
She is a very compassionate woman, she cares for
others. She is always pestering her children about getting
married and having kids, or she is always trying to feed
people like Lamar and Wesley. Her cooking is the best
around, and somebody is at her house eating at any of the
three meals per day she cooks. While caring for everybody,
she still likes to gossip with her friends. Like when she fell
through the chair, she just had to tell all her friends about
Even though Mattie is seventy-eight, and running down,
she sets a standard of responsibility for people of any age.
Her love for her children is shown throughout the novel.
When she cooks for her children or pesters them about
getting married so she can have some grandchildren proves
that she cares about their well-being very much. The love
she radiates is extended to more than her children, like at the
end of the novel when she finally decides to take Wesley on
as a foster child so he can have a nice home and so he can
go to church every Sunday.
Through the whole book, Mattie has proven beyond a
shadow-of-a-doubt that she is one of the most wholesome,
good, and lovable characters in books today. Her overall
uniqueness is a special thing that not too many people can or
will ever hope to have. As she and Wesley grow older, she
should realize what a special thing she provides to the friends
and family that she spends her time with.