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Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

by Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over Manifest Chapters 18 Summary

Chapter 18

Miss Sadie's Divining Parlor, June 13, 1936

  • Abilene brings the worms to Miss Sadie, and she puts her to work hoeing rows in the garden.
  • Miss Sadie's in an awful mood because it's hot and her leg is much worse. (Wouldn't you be grumpy, too?)
  • Finally, Abilene works up the courage to ask her what the curse was that she had used on Mrs. Larkin. Miss Sadie responds that it was this: "May your life be as long as the hair on your chin" (18.10).
  • Zing.
  • As she hoes, Abilene thinks about her dad again and wonders why he sent her away. Poor thing.
  • She remembers how she cut her own knee on a tree branch one as she dangled her legs from a moving boxcar.
  • The infection from it had made her delirious for days, and when she was finally better, her daddy started treating her differently.
  • Miss Sadie suddenly, randomly tells her that Jinx thought it was his fault that Ned left to join the army.
  • Abilene asks her if Jinx left town after Ned did, and that starts her off into the story again.

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