Chapter 4 Summary

It is Sunday, and Aunt Pearl is thankful for one quiet day. Alfred did not sleep much, thinking about the gym, but he is more awake than usual as they walk to church this morning. They pass a nationalist rally, and a boy Alfred knew (and never liked) in high school tries to get him to join in the march they are having. Alfred is not interested and the boy insults him, calling him a “happy little darky.”

Alfred is angry. His eyes begin to sting and his stomach suddenly feels empty, but Aunt Pearl’s calm face temporarily calms him. Then her calmness makes him angry, for Aunt Pearl seems to be blind, deaf, and dumb.

The church is half full but Reverend Price is already behind the podium, preparing for...

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