Part 3, Chapter 4 Summary

The next day, Irene receives a telephone message from Clare. Although there is a snowstorm in the city, Clare will be able to make the dinner party at Felise’s house. This news wears on Irene, and at the dinner table she loses her temper with Brian. Their son Ted has heard about the lynching of a black man and wants to know why only Negroes are lynched. Brian attempts to answer this question, but Irene is angry with him for doing so. After the boys are excused from the table, Brian and Irene continue their discussion. Irene believes children should be shielded from some of the harshest realities of life as a Negro living in the United States. Brian thinks his sons would be better prepared for adulthood if they were told...

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