I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.
L. Frank Baum, The Scarecrow of Oz
Nobody's perfect. Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot
In Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers created a highly autobiographical tomboy in the character named Frankie. In McCullers's novella, there is a touching and telling scene in which Frankie finds herself confronted at a carnival sideshow by the person called "Half Man/Half Woman," or, as Frankie says, "a morphodite and a miracle of science."
Frankie's fascination for this and other sideshow freaks is gradually overwhelmed by an intense fear of what she sees."She was afraid of all the freaks," McCullers says of Frankie, "for it seemed to her that they had looked at her in a secret way and tried to connect their eyes with hers, as though to say: We know you. We are you!"
Literary critic Leslie Fiedler realizes that "Carson McCullers finds [in the freaks] a revelation of the secret self." What Frankie fears is the recognition of her own "oddity"--her homosexuality--in the sideshow