The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Book 1, Chapters 7-8 Summary

Ernest J. Gaines

Book 1, Chapters 7-8 Summary

As Jane settles in for the night, she begins to more fully sense what freedom might be. She is wearing clean clothes, she has been well fed and washed, and she is about to fall asleep in a comfortable bed. She thinks she could stay at this house for African slave orphans for a long time.

However, her thoughts are shattered when she hears a young boy holler from across the hall—in the room where Ned is sleeping. She jumps out of bed and runs over to the next room to make sure Ned is all right. All the other boys are sitting up in their beds except for Ned and a boy next to Ned. It is the boy next to Ned who has been screaming and sobbing. When a white man appears, he questions the boys and discovers that the boy next...

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