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In the Heat of the Night

Delores Prudy Delores Prudy is an eighteen year old temptress and the daughter of an illiterate laborer. In the novel In The Heat Of The Night, she fears that she is pregnant when she has an affair...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2015, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

The plot of In the Heat of the Night by John Ball revolves around the murder of Italian-American orchestral conductor which is discovered by Sam Wood, a police officer, on his nightly drive through...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2010, 11:13 am (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

Sam Wood is a police officer in the town of Wells, South Carolina, in John Ball’s 1965 novel In the Heat of the Night. He is a pivotal figure in the murder mystery into which Virgil Tibbs, an...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015, 3:17 am (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

The characters in In the Heat of the Night by John Ball include the protagonist, Virgil Tibbs, and the local police officers in the small Southern town of Wells that Virgil is visiting. When the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020, 2:47 am (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

The character of Bill Gillespie, chief of police in the fictional town of Wells, South Carolina, in John Ball’s 1965 novel In the Heat of the Night, is introduced in chapter 2. In the book’s...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

The novel is set in the city of Wells, North Carolina, in the early 1960s. It is a hot, "stagnant" summer in this town of 11,000 residents. As the novel opens, we learn that the business section of...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019, 1:54 am (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

If we start this trend of deleting certain words because they are not politically correct or they may offend some group, we venture upon a most dangerous path. For, where does such action end? Do...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2011, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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On the face of it, Chief Gillespie seems like the living embodiment of the Southern sheriff stereotype: an ignorant white supremacist who will never accept African-Americans as his equals. He...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020, 8:47 am (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

In chapter 10 of his 1965 mystery novel, In The Heat of the Night, author John Ball recounts that, as a boy, the Texas-born Bill Gillespie (Chief of Police for the city of Wells, South Carolina)...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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At the start of chapter 9, Ball appears to describe Gillespie as honest. Gillespie doesn’t try to delude himself or exaggerate his abilities. After Gillespie is named chief of police, he buys many...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2021, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

In the story, Enrico Mantoli is an orchestral conductor. He is murdered early in the story. Below is a list of Enrico Mantoli's friends and associates. The Endicotts: The Endicotts are friends of...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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In the Heat of the Night

John Ball portrays Bill Gillespie, chief of police in his novel In The Heat of the Night, as both a skilled law enforcement professional and an abrasive, overconfident bully. Gillespie is...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 3:18 am (UTC)

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After Maestro Mantoli is murdered in In the Heat of the Night by John Ball, Chief Bill Gillespie quickly realizes that he is not sufficiently skilled or prepared to lead the investigation into the...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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Chief Gillespie says the words cited above in Chapter 11 of In the Heat of the Night. Gillespie tells Virgil Tibbs that he needs to leave town in order to warn him that there will be more white men...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2015, 10:36 am (UTC)

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