Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 71 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 71 Summary

One afternoon, Sukey comes frantically looking for Fiddler. Sukey tells Fiddler that she hadn’t seen the gardener at breakfast and that he hasn’t shown up to each lunch together, either. No one has seen the gardener anywhere. Sukey flies to the gardener’s door and knocks to no avail. Even Kunta, driving Master Waller back from a visit with a patient, feels a strange, somber feeling on their return to the plantation.

Sure enough, Fiddler steps into the gardener’s cabin and finds his body lying peacefully in bed, as if asleep. The gardener has passed away. As is slave custom, his straw work hat is placed on the door so that the other slaves can pay their respects after returning from the fields that day....

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