Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 19 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 19 Summary

This night along their travels, Kunta and Omoro are awakened by a haggard old grandmother who insists on knowing what happened to the food she gave them. Omoro softly dismisses her by saying that he wishes he could tell her what happened to that food. This begins Kunta’s musings on the oldest of the Mandinka. There are many elderly in the tribe who say things that do not make sense (such as one woman who insisted her stolen daughter would return the next day). Even though their faculties are mostly gone, these people are treated with kindness and respect.

The next traveler they meet on the trail warns them that they might see a toubob. This traveler reveals that a toubob had met him along the trail and “meant no...

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