By Ernest J. Gaines
An affectionate and shaggy dog story set within the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation within the Nineteen Forties and advised through a baby named Eddie, who watches his mom go away his father over his preoccupation along with his automobile, which his father eventually burns to the floor at the recommendation of a voodoo girl to get his spouse again.
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Bill says. “Piss on himself,” Billy Joe Martin says. “Wait,” Bill says. ” “Good-bye, piss pot,” Billy Joe Martin says. Him and Ju-Ju run down the road. They spank their hind parts with their hands and run like horses. “They just bad,” Juanita says. “Don’t pay them no mind,” Bill says. ” We go on down the quarter and Bill and Juanita hold hands. I go to Gran’mon’s gate and open it. I look at Bill and Juanita going down the quarter. They walking close together, and Juanita done put her head on Bill’s shoulder.
Indd 31 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s “Not in front of him,” Mama says. Mama leaves the fireplace and goes to the bundle of clothes. I can hear her untying the bundle. ” Uncle Al asks. “I don’t want go,” I say. ” “It’s never too cold for school,” Mama says. ” I get closer to the fire and I feel the fire hot on my pants. I turn around and warm my back. I turn again, and Uncle Al leans over and buttons my coat. Uncle Al’s pipe almost gets in my face, and it don’t smell good. “Now,” Uncle Al says.
Rex is barking at the cow. ” “William Joseph,” Miss Hebert says. I’m next, I’m scared. I don’t know my lesson and Miss Hebert go’n whip me. Miss Hebert don’t like you when you don’t know your lesson. I can see her strap over there on the table. I can see the clock and the little bell, too. Bill split the end of the strap, and them little ends sting some. Soon’s Billy Joe Martin finishes, then it’s me. I don’t know . . Mama ought to been . . “Bob and Rex” . . “Eddie,” Miss Hebert says. I don’t know my lesson.