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What is main idea of "Night Talkers"?

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gebnartin | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 18, 2010 at 12:29 PM via web

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What is main idea of "Night Talkers"?

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted April 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM (Answer #1)

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"Night Talkers" is a story based on life and personal beliefs in Haiti, as contrasted with the less personal relationships of those in America, centered on New York. On the island, communication between close relatives takes place on a non-verbal level, the level of "night talkers." Thus the impending death of Estina is somehow made known to the main male character, Dany, who travels from the United States to Haiti to be with her in her final hours. It is as though Estina intuitively knows that Dany is thinking about carrying out a violent act of vengeance, and silently summons him back to Haiti to prevent him from doing so. As one of the major characters says, "Blood calls blood. She [Estina] made him come so he could see her before she died" (paragraph 160.)

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