Only $2.99/month

ENGL 240 - Week 9 Notes

Terms in this set (8)

- Mrs. Freeman, 3 facial expressions: neutral, forward, and reverse like machine on road.
- Neutral = uses when she's by herself. - Forward = works for most human interactions.
- Reverse = has to take something back. (disappears when this happens)

- Mrs. Hopewell knows no amount of talking will get Mrs. Freeman to actually admit she's wrong, instead she make small talk.
- Morning, during breakfast = Freeman and Hopewell conduct "most important business."
- Joy = Hopewell's daughter (33, has fake leg, and educated).
- Mrs. Freeman's 2 daughters, Glynese and Carramae, 18 and 15 (married and prego).

- Freemans have been wonderful employees for the past four years and are definitely not "trash" —rather, they are "good country peoplee*"
- Mr. Freeman = good farmer.
- Mrs. Freeman = nosiest woman on earth.
- Until the Freemans, tenant families Mrs. Hopewell hired usually only lasted ~year.
- Joy walks around with Mrs. Hopewell to help her supervise fields.
- Joy has bad attitude about it, Hopewell stops asking to walk w/ her.
- Joy 21 = name change to Hulga.
- Mrs. Freeman interested in Hulga's fake leg.
- Mrs. Freeman likes story of Hulga losing her leg.
- Hulga has PhD in philosophy.
- According to doc, Hulga has heart problems, probably won't live pass 45.
- Hulga didn't have heart problem = teaching @ some college.
- Hulga gets meaner and ruder as years go by.
- Bible salesman comes by, invites him to dinner reluctantly.
- Talks about bibles, Mrs. H only has one next to her bed, tries to get rid of salesman.
- Salesman = Manley Pointer.
- Hulga tells her mom to ask Pointer to leave.
- Pointer also has heart condition.
- Mrs. H invites him to dinner, Hulga rude to him all dinner long.
- Mrs. H makes up this rudeness by being super nice to Hulga.
- Pointer = 11 siblings, father died when he was 8, currently 19, salesman career for 4 months.
- Pointer sold 77 bibles so far.

- Pointer kept looking at Hulga during dinner, stayed 2 hrs after dinner, talking to Mrs. H.
- Hulga and Pointer talk.
- Next morning, Mrs. H brings up their talk. Hulga talks about it vaguely, as if hiding a secret.
- Hulga suppose to meet Pointer at 10 AM.
- Conversation they had that night involved Hulga looking familiar to Pointer.
- During that conversation, Pointer first asked "You ever ate a chicken that was 2 days old?"
- Hulga says yes, Pointer turns red and giggles.
- Pointer asks her her age, Hulga = 17.
- Pointer talks about her leg, asks for her name. Asked if she was shy (she was).
- Realize that they think they were meant to meet each other because they both had a lot in common.
- Pointer invites Hulga to go on a picnic.
- Hulga goes to picnic, wears pants and "a dirty white shirt."
- They walk down pasture.
- Pointer talks about God after asking where her fake leg meets her real leg, Hulga says she doesn't believe in God.
- Pointer kisses Hulga (her first kiss).
- They go to barn, they go up to loft.
- Hulga looks at blue sky, Pointer kisses her, she kisses back.
- Pointer says he loves her, but she doesn't say it back.
- Pointer demands Hulga that she says it back.
- Hulga says she does love him, says to be honest, says she's 30 yr old w/ many degrees.
- Pointer asks where fake leg meets real leg, is sensitive about it. Considers it a special matter.
- Pointer suggests that means she doesn't really love him.
- She gives in and shows him that it attaches at the knee, and asks why he's so interested.
- Pointer interested because it's what makes her different.
- Hulga thinks he's the first truly innocent person she's met, shows him fake leg.
- Pointer asks how to take off the leg and put it back on.
- Pointer opens bible case, has 2 bibles.
- One of bibles hallowed out. Inside was flask of whiskey, pack of cards, and box of condoms.
- She says she thought he was "good country people."
- She asks for the leg again, and he continues encouraging her to party with him.
- Hulga says he's just a hypocrite like all the other Christians she's met.
- Slightly offended, he says, "I hope you don't think [...] I believe in that crap!"
- Pointer puts everything in the case, along with Hugla's leg, and leaves the loft.
- Pointer says his name isn't Manley Pointer.
- Then he tells her: "Hulga [...], you ain't so smart. I been believing in nothing since the day I was born."
- In a little while, Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell are digging up onions in a pasture.
- They see Manley heading toward the highway, and Mrs. Hopewell says he was selling Bibles to "the Negroes" (143) who apparently live in the woods.
- Mrs. Hopewell comments on his simplicity, and says it would be better if more people were as "simple" (143) as he is.
- Mrs. Freeman says that many people, herself included, could never be as simple as Manley.
- Old woman, 30 yr old and her mentally handicapped daughter = both named Lucynell Crater.
- Tom Shiftlet, wandering one-armed man, approaches them, comments on beautiful sunset.
- Elder Lucy thinks he a tramp.
- Tom notices unused car, asks whether they drive. Old Lucy says car hasn't run for 15 years, since her husband died.
- Tom is a carpenter, Old Lucy offers shelter and food, if Tom works for her. Tom would have to sleep in the old, unused car.
- Tom unmarried says he can't find a woman innocent enough.
- First week, Tom teaches young Lucy to say a few words.
- Old Lucy suggests Tom to teach her to say "sugarpie," making it obvious that they want them to get married.
- Tom fixes the car, drives out of the garage.
- Old Lucy offers her daughter as a wife for Tom.
- Tom initially refuses because he says he has no $.
- Old Lucy says she'll give $ for a honeymoon and Tom decides to marry young Lucy.
- 3 of them drive to the courthouse and they get married.
- Tom is unsatisfied with the wedding because "that was just something a woman in an office did, nothing but paper work and blood tests."
- They drop off old Lucy at home and it pains her to see young Lucy be separated because it has never happened before.
- Old Lucy expects to see her in 2 days.
- After driving 100 miles, Tom stops @ The Hot Spot, a restaurant.
- Young Lucy falls asleep on the counter.
- Tom tells boy working @ counter to get her the food when she wakes up. Tells him she's a hitchhiker.
- As he drives away, Tom sees a sign "Drive carefully. The life you save may be your own."
- Tom picks up a hitchhiking boy w/ a suitcase, he's unresponsive @ first.
- Boy talks about his mom.
- Boy says worst day of his life was when he left her.
- Saying this makes boy uncomfortable.
- Tom cries about this, boy then says "You go to the devil! My old woman is a flea bag and yours is a stinking pole cat!" and throws himself from the passenger door.
- Starts to rain as Tom continues to drive toward Mobile.
- Rosie's mom reads poem out loud for her approval.
- It's about cats.
- Josie goes to Japanese school every Saturday (and Wednesday too in summer).
- Rosie skeptical about depth of Rosie's understanding of her mom's reading out loud.
- Mom tells Rosie it was a haiku, where a poem can only have 17 syllables (5 syll/7 syll/5 syll).
- Poem mom just read tried to capture charm of kitten, as well as comment on superstition of owning cat of 3 colors = good luck.
- Rosie sarcastically says how wonderful it is.
- Mom catches sarcasm, goes back to composing.
- Rosie = lazy to comprehend Japanese.

- Mom was writing haiku for daily newspaper, the Mainichi Shimbun, that was published in SF.
- LA closer to farming community in which Hayashi family lived and several Japanese vernaculars printed there, but Rosie's parents prefer northern paper.
- Once/week, Mainichi have section devoted to haiku.
- Mom takes pen name, Ume Hanazono.

- Rosie and dad lived w/ 2 women, her mom and Ume Hanazono.
- Mom's name = Tome Hayashi.

- Ume Hanazono came to life after dinner dishes were done.
- Was earnest, muttering stranger.
- Dad would cheat at solitaire fearlessly.

- They go to Hayno family in neighboring town to the west.
- Attractive because were 4 Hayano girls, each named after a season of the year (Haru, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu).
- On visit, Mrs. Hayano sat all evening in rocker, as motionless and unobtrusive as possible.
- Rosie sees coat = pale plaid of grey, sand, and blue. Enormous collar.

- At Japanese school, Rosie was grave and giddy by turns.
- At 12, Rosie's dad brought her sandwiches of minced ham and 2 nectarines to eat.
- A Hayashi delivers a package. Person is wearing business suit. Speaks in elegant Japanese.
- Man is the haiku editor of the Mainichi Shimbun.
- Package is a framed picture. Picture sketched with delicate quickness. Pink clouds, graceful calligraphy, sea that was pale blue except at the edges.
- Contained 4 sampans (boats) with people in them. Cluster of huts towered over by pine-dotted mountains of grey/blue.
- The editor, Mr. Kuroda, is invited to tea with Rosie's mom.

- Dad kicks the editor out of the house, editor leaves, dad destroys picture with an axe. He lights it on fire.
- Mom asks Rosie if she knows why she married Rosie's dad. Rosie doesn't know.
- Mom at 19, had come to America and marry her father as alternative to suicide.

- @ 18, mom was in love with first son of one of the well-to-do families in her village.
- The 2 met whenever they could in secret because his family had no reason to connect with Rosie's grand family.
- Rosie's grandpa was a drunk and gambler.
- When Rosie was a child, she knew the boy she loved had already had arranged a lover.
- Rosie's mom given premature birth to a stillborn. Would have been 17.
- Rosie's mom wrote to Aunt Taka in America, threatening to kill herself if Aunt Taka would not send her.
- Taka arranges marriage for Rosie's mom with a young man with a simple mind but kindly heart.

- Rosie would have had a half-brother.
- Rosie's mom asks Rosie to promise her to never marry. Rosie promises.
- Between stream and Don Carlos' mill were houses of Sebastien called non-vwayaje Haitians.
- They were better off than the cane cutters but not as wealthy as Don Gilbert and Dona Sabine.
- Non-vwayaje Haitians lived in houses made of wood/cement.
- Had colorful galleries, zinc roofs, spacious gardens, cactus fences with green vines crawling between cactus stems.
- Yards full of fruits, mainly mangos and avocados.
- Alegria for generations: Landowners, farmers, metalworkers, stonemasons, dressmakers, shoemakers, teacher, and priest, Father Romain.
- Some of them had Dominican spouses, born in Alegria.
- Unel, dwarfish stonemason.
- Unel rebuilt workers' latrines in Senora Valencia's yard along w/ group of friends he called his brigade.
- Parents walked their children to one-room school started by Father Romain & Dominican priest, Father Vegas.
- Parents complained how small the room was at the school.

- Narrator had no papers to show that they belonged to either here or in Haiti where they was born.
- Many non-vwayaje Haitians were also unsure of their place in the valley.
- Cane workers, most unprotected.

- Don Gilbert and Dona Sabine erected circular wall along road enclosing them inside their expansive villa.
- Felice stood on one of the raised verandahs between the 2 arched stone staircases @ front of Dona Sabine's house.

- 10 Dominican guards stood in a crowd @ the gate, incase Unel was dangerous.

- Dona Sabine was a famous dancer who traveled the world.
- Her husband owns rum enterprise -> been in family for 5 generations. First on Haitian soil, then on what became Dominican soil during 2 governments' land exchanges.
- Dona Sabine = short woman, really skinny. Looked more "girlish" from behind than most girls.
- Dona wore a ring on each finger except her thumbs.
- Dona Sabine's husband = Don Gilbert.
- Feeling was distress, like another Yanki invasion was coming.

- On way back to Senora's Valencia's house, narrator stopped by parish school to visit Father Romain (FR).
- FR younger than most priests.
FR sermons = reminders of original language, foods, history, carnival, songs, tales, and prayers.
- FR creed = valued memory, how remembering can make you strong (even if it's painful).
- Children begged to FR to continue his kite flying lessons.
- FR calmed them by touching their heads.
- FR sad for Joel's death.

- Doc. Javier's sister = Beatriz.
- Beatriz was wearing an old green sundress and twirling matching parasol above her head.
- Beatriz's dad was an officer in the Spanish army almost 40 years ago.
- Spain was at war with U.S., fighting for colonies.
- B's dad fled from battle of El Caney and San Juan Hill.
- B's dad doesn't like the military and it's uniforms and medals.
- B's dad's dad was a baker at the seaport of Valencia.
- He would give bread to grandpa's quarters for nothing.
- Grandpa lived to be 90, but got killed in war.
- Godfather of 26 children.