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Pilate Dead Timeline and Summary
- Pilate’s mother dies before she is born.
- Pilate lives and works on Lincoln’s farm with her father and brother.
- Pilate watches her father get shot and sees him die slowly.
- Pilate and Macon run to Circe’s house.
- Pilate and Macon stay at Circe’s house for two weeks.
- Pilate misses her wild cherry jam.
- Pilate pierces her ear.
- Pilate and Macon leave Circe’s house.
- Pilate and Macon see their father’s ghost everywhere.
- Pilate and Macon sleep in a cave.
- Pilate watches her brother kill a white man in the cave.
- Pilate fights her brother who wants to steal the gold in the cave.
- Pilate chases her brother out of the cave and stays there for one night.
- Pilate finds room and board with a preacher and his wife.
- Pilate does well in school, especially in geography.
- The preacher starts flirting with Pilate.
- Pilate leaves the preacher’s house.
- Pilate joins a group of migrant farm workers and picks beans in New York.
- Pilate starts dating one of the farm workers, until he notices she doesn’t have a bellybutton.
- Pilate is expelled from the group and is given lots of money as she goes.
- Pilate joins another group of migrant workers.
- Again, she takes a lover.
- Again, the group finds out she doesn’t have a bellybutton.
- Again, Pilate is abandoned.
- Pilate finds work as a washerwoman.
- Pilate catches a wagon down to Virginia.
- Pilate washes clothes at a hotel.
- Pilate moves to an island where a community of farming families dwell.
- Pilate takes a lover, but makes sure he doesn’t see her belly button.
- Pilate has a baby.
- Pilate goes to pick up her father’s bones in the cave.
- Pilate returns and lives on the island for two more years.
- Pilate roams from town to town, and from state to state.
- Pilate has a grandchild, Hagar.
- Hagar is prissy, so Pilate decides to go in search of her brother and his extended family.
- Macon kicks Pilate out of his house.
- Pilate establishes a bootlegging business on Darling Street.
- Pilate helps Ruth get pregnant.
- Pilate helps Ruth keep Milkman alive in the womb.
- Pilate meets Milkman.
- Pilate helps bail Milkman and Guitar out of jail.
- Pilate tells Macon, Milkman, and Guitar what happened the day she and her brother split.
- Pilate talks to Ruth.
- Pilate tries to save Hagar.
- Pilate grieves Hagar.
- Pilate breaks a bottle over Milkman’s head.
- Pilate goes to Shalimar with Milkman.
- Pilate buries her father on Solomon’s Leap.
- Pilate places her snuffbox earring on her father’s grave.
- Pilate gets shot.
- Pilate asks Milkman to take care of Reba for her.
- Pilate wishes she could have loved more people.
- Pilate asks Milkman to sing.
- Pilate dies staring at something beyond Milkman’s shoulder.
- A bird swoops down a grabs her snuffbox earring.