Tar Baby Chapter 3: Summary and Analysis

Toni Morrison

Chapter 3: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Cissie: Valerian’s sister

Valerian’s four uncles: train Valerian for the candy business

B. J. Bridges: Michael’s teacher and invited guest for Christmas; a poet

The next day, a strange condition that periodically affected Margaret returns. She loses awareness of where she is and what she is doing, existing in a haziness of thought and action. Her actions are sometimes bizarre—trying to pick up the pattern on the china with her fork or putting a wrapped cookie into her mouth. Both Valerian and Ondine believe that her drinking is the basis of her problems. During such times, Valerian constantly badgers her, criticizing every behavior: the...

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