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How old is Snookum in the novel "A Gathering of Old Men"?

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diablo93 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 29, 2008 at 7:33 AM via web

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How old is Snookum in the novel "A Gathering of Old Men"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Snookum is one of the narrators of the story in "A Gathering of Old Men." The boy, whose full name is George Eliot, Jr., lives with his grandmother. We're not told his exact age, but he must be around ten or eleven because he is beginning to be curious about sex. His brother Toddy finds him playing "mama and papa" with Minnie, and Snookum is afraid of being told on. Snookum spreads the news that a white man has been killed in a black man's yard.

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