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Who are the hypocrites to whom Mrs. Merriweather refers?

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ronmm95 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2010 at 12:35 AM via web

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Who are the hypocrites to whom Mrs. Merriweather refers?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 14, 2010 at 5:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Merriweather refers to the people who live up north (the Northerners) as hypocrites.  Remember, hypocrites are people who say one thing and do the opposite.

Mrs. Merriweather calls the Northerners hypocrites because of the way they treat the Negroes.  Mrs. Merriweather says that "people up there set ‘em free, but you don’t see ’em settin‘ at the table with ’em. At least we don’t have the deceit to say to ‘em yes you’re as good as we are but stay away from us" (Chapter 24).  She says that people up north have set the Negroes free, but won't sit at the table with them.  The Northerners says that the Negroes are equal, but don't act that way.  Therefore, they are hypocritical.

Mrs. Merriweather seems to think what the Southerners do is better:  to say that the Negroes are inferior to the white people and to treat them that way.

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