By Ernest J. Gaines
During this novel, a tender guy who returns to Nineteen Forties Cajun kingdom to educate visits a black early life on demise row for a criminal offense he did not devote. jointly they arrive to appreciate the heroism of resisting.
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Several minutes later, she returns to inform them that the sheriff has arrived and that he and Pichot want to meet with them in the front parlor. As soon as Grant and Rev. ” He then asks if Miss Emma will need a doctor and offers to send Dr. Sid Gilroy to look after her when he gets back to town. As the sheriff prepares to leave, Rev. Ambrose reminds him of this offer, and the sheriff calls Dr. Gilroy to arrange for a visit with Miss Emma. As the men leave Pichot’s mansion, Rev. Ambrose stops to comfort Inez and then offers Grant a ride to Miss Emma’s, but Grant declines and starts walking in the opposite direction.
Pointing out that she’s already in trouble, Vivian calmly continues preparing their dinner. As she works, she tells Grant about her recent communication with her husband, and Grant tells her about his visit with Jefferson. Realizing that she is still angry with him, he tries to sweet-talk her. When this tactic fails, he announces that he is leaving. This time Vivian doesn’t try to stop him; instead, she explodes, arguing that if he loved her, he would be considerate of her feelings and not endanger his life with reckless behavior.
Unfortunately, Grant still has a few hard lessons of his own to learn, as we discover in his encounter with the two mulatto bricklayers at the Rainbow Club. Having just explained to Jefferson the merits of personal choice and responsibility, he allows his anger toward the two bricklayers to overrule his better judgment. To make matters worse, instead of admitting his mistake, he attempts to rationalize his behavior to Vivian and becomes angry when she points out that, by endangering his life through his reckless behavior, he was not being considerate of her feelings.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines