Summary of Chapter Three:
In this chapter, Beka Lamb enjoys the surrounding view from her room up in the attic. A storm has just started, and as she looks across the town, she is thankful to be given such a birds-eye view of the streets, hawker stalls, and wooden houses. Because her town is prone to hurricanes and thunderstorms, it often takes on the appearance of a temporary camp. The town's inhabitants are made up of six races and various descendants from multi-racial unions.
Beka muses that when Toycie was alive, both enjoyed taking Chuku and Zandy (Beka's brothers) for walks every Sunday evening. Admonished to walk only in safe areas, Beka and Toycie often visited Fort George, a wealthy enclave. There, they sometimes waited for Toycie's boyfriend, Emilio Villanueva, who worked as a substitute waiter at the Fort George Hotel on sporadic Sundays.
Beka's favorite spot was the Southern Foreshore on Southside. There, the girls and Beka's brothers often caught glimpses of fishermen coming in with their catch in the mornings. While the boys enjoyed playing on the beach, Beka loved looking out at the boats around Custom House Wharf. On Sundays, when Beka could choose the itinerary, they often went to the Bliss Institute, where the boys could marvel at the artifacts, and Beka could catch glimpses of the books behind the locked, glass doors of the library. Another favorite destination was invariably Government House, with its imposing mansion, gorgeous flora, and secured grounds.
There were two clubs on Barracks Street, one for the creoles and the other for white citizens and expatriates. If Beka's father was on the veranda of the creole club, he often admonished the girls to stay on the side of the Southern Foreshore, which was safer. The girls always returned from their beachfront excursions longing for the day when they would be able to live by the ocean.
Back to the present, the rain has increased in strength, and Beka has to shut the glass windows. She sits back down and resolves to remember every single event that has happened to her since the previous April. In keeping alive her memories, she hopes to keep alive her own memory of her beloved friend, Toycie.