The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Part 2: Chapter 3 Summary
As time goes on, Copeland grows closer to Singer. He decides that Singer is Jewish and totally gets what it means to be oppressed.
It's winter now and Copeland is really busy treating the flu and other illnesses.
Portia shows up unexpectedly one day with awful news: Willie has been arrested. He went to a, um, den of iniquity called Madame Reba's Palace of Sweet Pleasure. Yeah. Highboy was there, too.
Portia starts to describe the joint and Copeland hilariously interrupts her and begs her to stop.
Anyway, Willie got into a fight with some guy named Junebug over a prostitute named Love Jones, which ended when Willie slashed Junebug with a razor. Junebug is alive, but Willie has been arrested for assault.
Doctor Copeland is beyond horrified. He even coughs up some blood, though we don't think that was due to the horror.
Portia tries to get a letter writing campaign started to help Willie. Biff writes a letter on his behalf and Copeland hires a lawyer.
In the end, it does no good at all – Willie is sentenced to nine months hard labor in north Georgia.
Copeland continues his work, but he is increasingly ill – he has tuberculosis (which is not nearly as glamorous as movies like Moulin Rouge! make it seem).
He worries (for good reason) and spends most of his time talking to Singer.
Portia comes by to invite her dad to dinner with the family – her two brothers, Hamilton and Buddy, and Grandpapa are coming to town. Copeland hasn't seen many of them for years.
Hamilton works on the farm with Grandpapa while Buddy has a job in Mobile, Alabama. Buddy's birth name was Karl Marx (thanks, Dad), but he changed it because of the stigma surrounding communists.
Before the dinner, Copeland gives us a helpful flashback about how his marriage with Daisy broke up and how his relationships with his kids are really strained.
As we heard about before, it was pretty much all Copeland's fault for being a total control freak. Though Daisy herself was super stubborn, too. (Not a match made in heaven there.)
Dinner is super awkward: Copeland is definitely not a hit in social situations.
Portia reads from the Bible, and Grandpapa preaches for a while, but all this upsets Copeland because he doesn't agree with Christianity.
(By the way, there are some young kids at dinner who are presumably Hamilton's or Buddy's children.)
Copeland gets even more upset when Grandpapa expresses his wish that Jesus will turn them all white (as a way to cure all their troubles) when he returns for the apocalypse. Yikes.
Grandpapa then asks Copeland for some medical advice, but Copeland is in too bad of a mood to be all that helpful.
After a tense meal, Copeland leaves and heads to Singer's.
On his way, he bumps in to Jake and notices that Jake looks like he's "mad" or insane.