Chapter 17 Summary

Byron arrives at Reverend Hightower’s home in the middle of the night to tell him that Lena has gone into labor. At first Byron is reluctant to awaken him, but Hightower has had experience with delivering babies. Byron is on his way to get the doctor but urges Hightower to hurry to the cabin. Byron curses himself for not arranging for the doctor before he was needed. He feels that Hightower was a good enough midwife to deliver a black baby, but he thinks a white woman should have a regular doctor. When Byron and the doctor arrive at the cabin, Lena has already given birth. Mrs. Hines is holding the baby and Mr. Hines is fast asleep on the cot. Hightower fusses that if he had known that Byron had gone to fetch a doctor, he would...

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