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Maya relates that a year later Bailey boards a train for California to find his "Mother Dear." He winds up stranded in Baton Rouge, helplessly alone.
Things are not the same when the children return to Stamps. The store seems like a "strange country," and everyone behaves like "newly arrived immigrants." Bailey, in particular, seems miserable. He acts like his soul has flown away. It is obvious that he misses his mother terribly. One Saturday, when he does not come home before dark, Momma and Maya go to look for him. When they find him, he has no excuses for worrying them. At home he is punished by Uncle Willie for his behavior.
That night Bailey tells Maya what is troubling him. He has seen a movie starring an actress who looks just like "Mother Dear." Two months later, he takes Maya to see a movie starring the same actress, named Kay Francis. Maya agrees that the white starlet is almost a double of their mother. Maya understands why Bailey did not share his secret with Momma or Uncle Willie. There is not enough of Mother Dear to go around, and neither Momma nor Uncle Willie would understand Bailey’s reaction to seeing her double.
After the movie, Maya is happy, but Bailey seems miserable. He is then almost killed when he runs in front of a train, trying to catch it. Maya thinks of the time nearly a year later that Bailey does catch the train to go looking for "Mother Dear" in California. He winds up stranded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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