By Ernest J. Gaines
An affectionate and shaggy dog story set within the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation within the Nineteen Forties and informed by means of a toddler named Eddie, who watches his mom go away his father over his preoccupation along with his motor vehicle, which his father finally burns to the floor at the recommendation of a voodoo girl to get his spouse again.
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Indd 63 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s once in a while. I go to work in the field. Work like a dog. Cutting cane right and left—trying to make up lost time I spent at the house this morning. When I come home for dinner—hungry’s a dog—my wife, neither my boy, is there. No dinner—and I’m hungry’s a dog. I go in the front room and all their clothes gone. Lord, I almost go crazy. I don’t know what to do. I run out the house because I think she still mad at me and done gone down to her mama.
Yes, ma’am,” I say. ” she asks. I feel a big knot coming up in my throat and I feel like I’m go’n cry again. I’m scared Miss Hebert go’n whip me, that’s why I story to her. ” she says. I shake my head. ” “No, ma’am,” I say. “Mama didn’t have time to help me. Daddy wasn’t home. ” Miss Hebert asks. ” “Yes, ma’am,” I say. indd 43 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s Miss Hebert looks at me, and then she gets out a pencil and starts writing on a piece of paper. I look at her writing and I look at the clock and the strap.
They walking close together, and Juanita done put her head on Bill’s shoulder. I like to see Bill and Juanita like that. It makes me feel good. But I go in the yard and I don’t feel good any more. I know old Gran’mon go’n start her fussing. Lord in Heaven knows I get tired of all this fussing, day and night. Spot runs down the walk to meet me. I put my hand on his head and me and him go back to the gallery. I make him stay on the gallery, because Gran’mon don’t want him inside. I pull the door open and I see Gran’mon and Uncle Al sitting by the fire.