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She has separated from her husband and is waiting for the divorce to become final, but still worries that her husband may come and try to take away the children.

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He cannot break free of his background and family. Then we went through a heavy steel door to the area where the prisoners were quartered.

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A swarm of black birds flew across the road and alighted in a pecan tree in one of the backyards to our left. During the course of their visits, however, Grant watches this philosophy crumble as Jefferson undergoes a remarkable transformation. Three men are killed. She understands duty to family and community. Henri," she went on. Unusual for the time, Grant also forms a friendship with Deputy Paul Bonin. Gioia: Rural Louisiana is also where author Ernest Gaines was born and raised. Vivian Vivian is a schoolteacher in Bayonne with extremely light-colored skin. Slaves were treated poorly and were considered inferior to white Americans or white people in general. He is far more suspicious of Grant, because he recognizes that Grant is more educated than himself. Henri," she said.

There was a Catholic church uptown for whites; a Catholic church back of town for colored. Even though death is a standard occurrence in the novel, these events are still notorious for being disturbing to any witness of them, white or black. Gioia: Like Jefferson, Grant is engaged in his own internal battles.

Gioia: Author, Ernest Gaines. There is a love of human expression that soars above the story.

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In many ways also making this the theme of the book. Look at that face. Tyson: She had accepted the fact that he was going to die. Not only does he think his teaching has no effect on his students, but he also considers himself powerless to changes his own life.

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Her family lives in Free LaCove, a community of mulattoes. Ash Green: This young man who inadvertently gets involved in a liquor store robbery is railroaded in a trial, sentenced to death. Linney: How many black men are in prison now that did not do what they're in prison for? Gioia: The story begins with the trial of this young black man named Jefferson. Ernest J. The cane had not been hauled to the derrick yet, and it was lying across the rows. Just like any other child growing up on the country at that time, I'd get all the field work. Author- Ernest J. Do it for her. This is a book that is about dignity and strength. Other sound effects recorded live at Angola State Penitentiary. Those are her words, not mine.

In all their dealings, Sheriff Guidry is condescending towards Grant. There's nothing in that skull. Warden Cain describes everyone's fear that, at the last moment, the prisoner will not be able to walk on his own.

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