The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Chapter 36 Summary


The day after Gary’s faith healing, Deborah felt a good deal better. The hives on her face were not quite so bad, but they had not disappeared completely. Her eyes were still uncomfortably swollen. She decided that she should see her doctor, so she set off to drive back to Baltimore.

Meanwhile, Rebecca stayed in Clover. She did not fully understand what she had witnessed the day before, and she wanted to talk to Gary about it. She found him at home changing a light bulb. When she walked in, she recited the words from a hymn he had sung during his spontaneous faith healing. When she confessed that she could not get the song out of her head, he laughed and said, “I know you don’t like to think about it, but that’s the Lord telling you something.”

Gary retrieved a pretty blue Bible and asked Rebecca to read some passages he had marked. She had never before read aloud from the Bible, but she did as he asked, reading a few lines about faith as the path to eternal life. The passage went on to describe the beauty of heavenly creatures and they reminded Rebecca of how awestruck Deborah had been at the sight of Henrietta’s beautiful cells.

(The entire section is 412 words.)