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Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
Macon Dead, Jr. (Milkman) Timeline and Summary
Milkman is the first black child born in Mercy Hospital. Ruth stops breastfeeding Milkman when he’s four years old. He gets his nickname at this same time. Milkman pees on Lena. Milkman gets picked on in school. Milkman meets Guitar. Milkman meets his bootlegging aunt, Pilate. Milkman falls in love with Hagar’s booty. Milkman and Guitar try to get beers at Mary’s. Milkman develops a strut. Guitar takes Milkman to all of the greatest parties. Milkman hits his father. Macon tells Milkman the "truth" about his mother’s incestuous tendencies. Milkman tries to find Guitar, and finds himself on a sidewalk where he’s going the exact opposite of everyone else. Milkman tells Guitar the news about his mom. Milkman hangs out at Honoré Island. Milkman dates other girls. Milkman breaks up with Hagar. Milkman is hunted by Hagar. Milkman and Guitar fight. Milkman follows his mom to her father’s cemetery late one night. Macon tells Milkman to steal Pilate’s gold. Milkman and Guitar steal Pilate’s "gold." Milkman and Guitar are arrested. Macon and Pilate bail Milkman and Guitar out of jail. Milkman sleeps in. Milkman takes a bath. Milkman tries to find Guitar, and sees the Seven Days in action. Milkman tells Macon that Corinthians is dating Henry Porter. Lena yells at Milkman. Milkman takes a plane and a bus to Danville. Milkman meets Reverend Cooper and stays at his house for four days. Milkman goes to the Butler house and meets Circe. Milkman finds the cave, but no gold. Milkman eats cheeseburgers. Milkman helps a man lift a crate onto a dolly. Milkman catches a bus to Virginia. Milkman stops in several towns in Virginia, asking the locals where the town of "Charlemagne" is. Milkman’s car breaks down in Shalimar. Milkman drinks a soda and insults the locals. Milkman gets into a knife fight with a toothless man and gets a little bloody. Milkman is invited hunting. Milkman takes a nap in his car. Milkman goes hunting. Milkman is exhausted, and sits down by a tree. Guitar tries to kill Milkman, but Milkman scares him away with his shotgun. Milkman helps the hunting party skin the bobcat. Milkman takes the heart of the bobcat. Milkman meets Sweet. Milkman meets Susan Byrd and Grace Long. Milkman encounters Guitar. Milkman hears the Shalimar children sing a song about his family. Milkman returns to Susan Byrd’s to get more information about his family. Milkman goes skinny dipping with Sweet. Milkman returns home, and goes straight to Pilate’s house. Pilate breaks a bottle over Milkman’s head and locks him in the cellar. Milkman tells Pilate about what he learned down south. Milkman returns home with Hagar’s hair. Milkman drives Pilate to Shalimar. Milkman and Pilate bury Jake’s bones. Milkman cradles Pilate’s dying body. Milkman sings to Pilate. Milkman calls to Guitar. Milkman jumps off the rock.