What are two sentences from the story that are key to an understanding of "Split Cherry Tree?"
Jesse Stuart's short story, "Split Cherry Tree" is an enduring narrative of the struggles of rural people outside the cultural mainstream as well as the problems of the "generation gap." Two sentences that are key to an understanding of these themes are the following:
"A bullet will make a hole in a schoolteacher same as it will anybody else."
As an uneducated man who has never left his rural area, Luster Sexton is culturally very backward. Consequently, because of his sense of inferiority, he reacts defensively regarding Professor Herbert's making Dave work off the dollar that the others have paid for the cherry tree which split when they climbed it. For, he feels that Professor Herbert has singled out Dave because he is poor:
"I'll show 'im it ain't right to keep one boy in and let the rest go scot-free. My boy is good as th'rest, ain't he? A bullet will make a hole in a schoolteacher same as it will anybody else. He can't...
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