Book 2, Chapters 1-3 Summary
The era of Reconstruction begins with Book Two. Jane is still at Mr. Bone’s plantation, and life appears to be going well for her and Ned. Jane works all day while Ned goes to school. She and Ned live in a small cabin with little furniture, but they eat every day and seem happy. Ned’s teacher is a black man whom everyone likes—children and adults. The teacher offers classes for adults at night, but Jane says she is too tired at the end of the day to attend. She is proud of Ned’s progress, though, as he learns to read. Ned demonstrates his skills one night, and Jane says it makes her feel as if he were her own child.
Many politicians come to Mr. Bone’s house for meetings. Mr. Bone prefers the Republican Party,...
(The entire section is 690 words.)