Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 64 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 64 Summary

Kunta deals with his dilemma about Bell by polishing all the different parts of the master’s buggy. When he feels warm and soft toward Bell, Kunta polishes slowly and softly. When he feels irate and irritated toward Bell, he polishes fast and furious.

Kunta even begins considering things a bit more controversial, such as how much pull Bell has with the master of the plantation and how that could lead to an advantage for both of them. He also considers how Bell knows how to work magic with plants, not only with the poultice but also with certain leaves that stop his eyes from itching. However, Kunta could never approve of her pipe-smoking habit or of the way she dances by wagging her bottom every which way.

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