Mules and Men Part II, Chapter Four: Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part II, Chapter Four: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Father Joe Watson (“Frizzly Rooster”): a “two-headed” doctor of great power.

Mary Watson: the wife of the “Frizzly Rooster.”

Mrs. Murchison: a woman who comes to the “Frizzly Rooster” for counsel.

Summary
Zora becomes a pupil of Father Joe Watson and his wife Mary. Father Watson, the “Frizzly Rooster,” is proud of his ability to “read people,” or his ability to know a person as soon as he or she walks into a room. While studying, Zora learns that Mary Watson actually fears her husband and would leave him if she could but is afraid of what he might do to her with his powers.

After Zora undergoes her initiation ritual,...

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