Chapter 13 Summary

A crowd gathers around Miss Burden’s burning house. Many of the spectators immediately assume that the perpetrator is black. The sheriff takes a look at Miss Burden’s body, with its severed throat, and sends it away. The fire truck arrives, but there are no hydrants to which it might hook the hoses. The few facts that are known of Miss Burden’s doings are shared, and it is said that two men, perhaps black, lived in the cabin. The sheriff feels frustrated with the lack of a crime scene and sends for a black man to question, but he claims he knows nothing. The sheriff whips him with his belt, and the black man says that two white men lived in the cabin but he does not know who they are.

The sheriff leads the crowd...

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