In A Lesson Before Dying, Grant agrees to visit Jefferson on a regular basis. Since Jefferson has been put in jail, he has only received visitors from his family, primarily his godmother Miss Emma. Grant's aunt is friendly with Miss Emma, so she asks that Grant go to visit Jefferson to talk him out of his slump. Grant agrees and goes through all the screening processes required by the sheriff. On the first few visits, Grant goes to the jail with Miss Emma--he does not really know Jefferson and is still not sure what he will do or say during these visits. Afterwards, Grant begins to visit Jefferson alone. Jefferson confides his feelings of inferiority to Grant, and Grant is eventually able to convince Jefferson that he is a man.