Character Analysis Pauline

Saddled with an alcoholic husband, a rootless son, and an ugly daughter, Pauline turns to a picture-perfect white family for happiness and fulfillment. Transforming herself into the white family’s “perfect servant,” she becomes Polly, parroting the Fishers’ white attitudes and even consoling the little pink-and-white Fisher girl at the expense of her own confused and injured daughter’s feelings.