</em> "And you'll do anything to make me take
you to jail, is that it?"
take Mathu, you taking me," Beulah said.
taking Mathu sooner or later," Mapes said. "And I'll make room for
be ready," Beulah said. "Just let me go home and put on a clean
find a dress you can wear," Mapes said. "And I'll find a bucket and a
"I ain't no stranger to
buckets and mops," Beulah said. "Hoes, shovels, axes, cane knives,
scythe blades, pickets, plows—I can handle a gun, too, if I have too. I been in
the pen before." (9.229-34)
We're not sure, but
Beulah Jackson might be the only character who could stand toe-to-toe with
Mathu. She's tough as nails, no question. Why do you think that Gaines makes
her that way?