Study Guide

A Lesson Before Dying Chapter 28

By Ernest J. Gaines

Chapter 28

  • Grant visits Jefferson, who is listening to his radio. He notices that he's been writing in the notebook.
  • He lets him read it, and he sees that he has written about ¾ of a page. He doesn't use capital letters or punctuation marks (he was ahead of his time—if only they had text messages in the 1940s) and has erased all the way through the paper in some spots.
  • Jefferson has written down a dream he had about being taken somewhere unfamiliar. When he woke up he didn't want to go back to sleep, or back to the dream.
  • Grant tells Jefferson that he ought to talk to the Reverend and pray, because it would be good for Miss Emma.
  • He tells Jefferson that if he would walk like a man it would give Miss Emma something in return for caring for him all his life.
  • Jefferson thinks it's a little bit crazy that nobody ever expected anything of him or noticed that he's a human being until he was on death row. He promises to do his best, though.
  • He asks what being executed will be like, and Grant tells him that he read that it's over quickly.
  • They share a sweet potato.