Chapter 11 Summary

Joe cannot at first tell how old Miss Burden is, but he thinks she is over thirty. In fact, she is over forty. They do not talk much; they only have sex. Occasionally, Joe eats at the house, though Miss Burden does not eat with him. Miss Burden busies herself with the promotion of Negro schools, often visiting them in person as well as conducting extensive letter-writing campaigns. She has a Negro lawyer in Memphis who takes care of her legal affairs, even the disposal of her body after death. By this, Joe can tell that she and the town of Jefferson do not have much communication with each other. He decides he will not be bothered at Miss Burden’s place.

Miss Burden has never invited him into her house, though he...

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