Mules and Men Part I, Chapter Five: Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter Five: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Lonnie Barnes, Larkins White, and Peter Noble: more workers who participate in the storytelling session at the sawmills.

Summary
The storytelling session continues as the swamp workers and Zora walk up to the mill. Finally they reach the mill, but no one is around to tell them what to do. Jim Allen thinks that they should go inside the mill and ask the mill-boss if he has any work for them to do, but the workers finally decide not to attract attention to themselves and instead sit outside one of the buildings. Once the workers are comfortable, they begin to share stories with each other. The chapter is a series of tales about John and how he is able to outwit Old Massa. John is...

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