The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Part 3: Chapter 2 Summary
Jake is running through town that afternoon, hightailing it away from the Sunny Dixie Show. There was a riot at the Show: a lot of people are injured and some are dead.
Jake couldn't stop the outbreak of violence. He knew a fight was coming for a while, but all the racial tensions in town hit a boiling point that afternoon – it was whites versus blacks, and it was very bloody.
Jake joined in the fighting, too, of course, and Lancy Davis was killed.
Once the police arrived Jake made a run for it.
Now he passes Simms, and the two greet each other with insults as usual.
As he runs, Jake thinks of Singer. He can't get over Singer's death; in fact, he's furious about it.
He thinks about how it's time to move on. But this time he wants to go someplace with a lot of people, someplace where he could disappear in a crowd and maybe join a political group.
Then he thinks of Copeland, too, and how he's a nut. He heads to Copeland's house, but no one is there, so he runs to the Kellys' to talk to Portia.
Portia says that her father has gone to the country to rest, and she refuses to tell Jake where he is since Doctor Copeland is still very upset with Jake.
Jake finally wanders to Biff's Café and tells Biff what happened.
A huge storm rolls in and it starts to rain while Biff gets Jake a meal and they discuss Jake's plans.
After resting a bit, Jake heads out of town. He starts feeling hopeful as he walks, and he's ready for a change. But one thing's for sure: he won't leave the South.