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By Ernest J. Gaines

An affectionate and shaggy dog story set within the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation within the Forties and instructed by way of a baby named Eddie, who watches his mom go away his father over his preoccupation together with his automobile, which his father eventually burns to the floor at the suggestion of a voodoo girl to get his spouse again.

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Bill’s the biggest boy in school, and he always makes the fire for us. Everybody’s studying their lesson, but I don’t know mine. I wish I knowed it, but I don’t. Mama didn’t teach me my lesson last night, and she didn’t teach it to me this morning, and I don’t know it. “Bob and Rex in the yard. indd 37 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s don’t know what all this other reading is. I see “Rex” again, and I see “cow” again—but I don’t know what all the rest of it is. Bill comes up to the heater and I look up and see him putting another piece of wood in the fire.

Lucy laughs and points at the smoke. Me and Lucy go on up the quarter to the schoolhouse. indd 34 10/15/13 10:13 PM A L on g Day in novemb er right by the gate. Over ’side the schoolhouse Shirley and Dottie and Katie’s jumping rope. On the other side of the schoolhouse some more children playing “Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker-man” to keep warm. Lucy goes where Shirley and them’s jumping rope and asks them to play. I stop where Billy Joe Martin and them’s at and watch them shoot marbles. indd 36 10/15/13 10:13 PM 2 I t’s warm inside the schoolhouse.

Uncle Al opens the gate for me and I go out in the road, I hate to leave Uncle Al and Spot. And I hate to leave Mama—and I hate to leave the fire. But I got to, because they want me to learn. “See you at twelve,” Uncle Al says. I go up the quarter and Uncle Al and Spot go back to the house. I see all the children going to school. But I don’t see Lucy. When I get to her house, I’m go’n stop at the gate and call her. She must be don’t want go to school, cold as it is. It still got some ice in the water.

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