It is the rare Sunday (once a month) when Father May (a French Catholic priest) travels to Tallulah to give a Mass; Calo tries to pay attention, but he doesn't understand the priest.
Calo feels good about going to church, anyway, because his
mother would want him to be there.
While the priest speaks in French, Calo remembers taking
Rocco to Mass and holding him on his lap.
During a meal, Calo desperately wants to sigh with his cousin
over the adult conversation, which he still can't understand, but Cirone is
sullen. Calo feels lonely.
With permission to leave, Calo runs to Frank's house for his
lessons, where he bursts in and finds his tutor painting.
Calo asks Frank why his speech is called fancy, and Frank
explains that it's because he is educated, while most of the white adults in
town aren't. They didn't go to school, because their parents wouldn't let them
go to school with black children, who were allowed to attend during a brief periodafter the Civil War.
Asked about the problem of lynching, Frank tells Calo that
thousands of black people have been murdered, without trials, by big groups of white
people. Frank says that Calo should ask his uncles about the lynching in New
Calo learns that dago
is an insult to Sicilians, but he doesn't find out what it means exactly. He
then gets into a little debate with his teacher over whether Jefferson Daviswas good or not. The voting laws that Francesco has been complaining about make
it impossible for Sicilian-born American citizens, and for most black people,
Once Frank realizes that Calo doesn't know what American Indians
are, he takes him on a trip.