Chapters 9-10 Summary

Joseph Seaberry (Rufe) is the narrator. Mapes calls Mathu over for questioning. Although Mapes likes and respects Mathu, he believes Mathu is the only one strong enough to have killed Beau. When Mathu confesses, Mapes tells him to send the others home. Mathu replies that he cannot because each man must do what he feels he ought to do. The others interrupt to say they are the murderers. Mapes listens patiently as some tell what White men have done to their female relatives. Johnny Paul becomes angry and tells Mapes that he does not understand how mechanization and the White man have taken over farming, depriving many Black men of work. Johnny Paul says that he killed Beau for all those in the past who have suffered because of Beau,...

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