Chapter 12 Summary

Joe Christmas continues to visit Miss Burden in the night, but they avoid making contact during the day. Joe imagines what she is doing all day. He reaches a stage where he is shocked by her behavior even though he is equally involved. She sets up a place to leave secret letters, but Joe lies about checking the spot daily, and Miss Burden tries to catch him in the lie. She becomes a nymphomaniac within six months, and Joe is afraid of her. His interest in her begins to cool, and he begins to sell bootleg whiskey. He goes to Memphis weekly and sleeps with prostitutes. Miss Burden begins to put on weight. She speaks of the need to pray and ask for forgiveness but decides to continue in sin for just a while longer. She begins to speak...

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