What is the meaning of the story’s concluding action and dialogue?
At the end of "Everything That Rises Must Converge," the mounting tension that Julian has worked so hard to build seems to dissipate when his mother begins to enjoy the antics of the black woman's son. Julian had hoped to antagonize her into learning something by sitting with the black woman but "the lesson had rolled off her like rain off a roof."
To Julian's horror, when the no-nonsense black woman and her son begin to leave the train, Julian's mother insists that she will give the boy a penny. When she attempts to do this,...
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