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Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest Chapters 8-9 Summary
Chapter 8 Miss Sadie's Divining Parlor, May 29, 1936 The next morning, Abilene discovers that the bar in the saloon-half of Shady's home has a secret panel that can be moved to hide any traces of drinking. Whoa. Alcohol is still against the law here, even though Prohibition ended a short time ago, but that doesn't stop the bootleggers. Abilene is used to seeing alcohol, though, since she's grown up around a bunch of men going through hard times. She decides to sneak back to Miss Sadie's Divining Parlor to get her compass, but when she gets there, it's been taken down. Talk about rotten luck. She creeps inside to see if she can find it, but just then, Miss Sadie, the Hungarian fortune-teller, comes in. You'd think she'd be all like, why are you in my house, kid? But instead, she offers to tell her fortune. Abilene declines, but pays her a dime anyway, hoping that'll get her to cough up her compass. Suddenly, she blurts out a request after all. She says she's looking for her daddy. Miss Sadie asks if she has something that he's touched. Abilene decides to see just how good this medium really is, and gives her the old letter she found at Shady's. It seems to get Miss Sadie all worked up, and she starts telling Abilene a story about a boy on a train. Chapter 9 Triple Toe Creek, Crawford County, Kansas, October 6, 1917 Now here's where the storytelling starts to get a bit complicated. This chapter begins the story that Miss Sadie tells Abilene. Notice how the chapter title has jumped back in time to 1917? A 13-year-old kid named Jinx jumps out of a train and lands near a teen couple having an argument. Okay, seriously, what is the deal with people jumping out of trains? Is it like an obsession with them? So anyway, the girl storms off, and the guy, Ned, stays to mope there with the fish he just caught. Jinx starts trying to sell him a bottle of "Eskimo glacial water" that he swears up and down will make him more attractive to the ladies. The poor kid actually buys it—with the fish he caught. He tells Jinx all about the awesome "Wiggle King" lure he used to catch it with. After he leaves, Jinx just lazes around in the woods, waiting for another train to hop. It turns out he's got some sort of dark past, involving a death. His uncle Finn had told him it'd be better if they split up, so he's on his own now. While he's lying around, Ned comes back, furious. All that "glacial water" did was make him stink. But before they can get into a fight, they hear a gunshot, and run off to hide together in the woods. Looks like they've run right into a Ku Klux Klan meeting. Oh, man. This is not good. They try to sneak past the loud group, who are all gathered around a huge bonfire. As they walk, they overhear the men talking about how much they hate foreigners, and they see two of the guys take their hoods off. Ned tells Jinx that the guys are Arthur Devlin, who owns the mine in town, and Lester Burton, the pit boss. They're so powerful in town, they don't feel like they need to hide their identities under the white hoods. They're talking about plans to rough up some of the Irish, French, and Italians in Manifest. Jinx asks Ned where he's from, but Ned doesn't know—he came to Manifest on a train as a child and was adopted by the Gillen family there. Suddenly, Jinx gets an idea. He sneaks over to retrieve two discarded white hoods and robes, and he and Ned put them on. Then they walk casually through the crowd, trying to make their escape. Brilliant. But uh-oh—out of nowhere, Lester Burton is blocking their path. Jinx thinks fast, stays cool, and tells Lester that the last KKK rally they went to was much bigger. It's enough to fool Lester, so they head over to the outhouse. The outhouse? Really? Is this the best time? As a parting shot, Jinx replaces the newspaper scraps they had for toilet paper with… poison ivy. After this lovely little prank, they make a clean getaway.
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