In the book The Road to Memphis, what is the climax?

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The climax consists of three events and occurs in Chapter 8. The group is in Memphis and seek help with Solomon Bradley, a successful business and newspaper man. Cassie becomes infatuated with Solomon, but he won't take advantage of her because, even though he's only in his twenties, he has a great deal of experience with women, and Cassie is still young, just on the verge of womanhood. Moe, seeing Cassie's attraction for Solomon, tells her he loves her before he gets on the train. Cassie tells him she only feels close friendship for him, and since he's going to be in Chicago for a long time, a romance between them would never work. The last part of the climax is the death of Clarence. The white hospital refuses to care for him, and their racism and bigotry supports Cassie's belief that the war won't help black people in any way, that it's only a white man's war.