Study Guide

hush Chapter 16

By Jacqueline Woodson

Chapter 16

  • It's sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Because Mama's new religion forbids celebrating holidays, they ate lasagna at Thanksgiving and won't be celebrating Christmas, which makes Toswiah/Evie sad.
  • It's a Sunday morning, and Mama is making Toswiah/Evie and Cameron/Anna go to the Kingdom Hall, the Jehovah's Witnesses' house of worship.
  • Toswiah/Evie interprets some of the beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses for the reader.
  • As she gets ready and eats breakfast, she thinks about how much nicer all their stuff was in Denver.
  • While the family eats breakfast, Mama and Cameron/Anna get into a spat about Mama's religion and how it doesn't explain everything that has happened to them; Mama falls back on her religion as Cameron/Anna attacks it.
  • While Mama quotes the Bible, Toswiah/Evie and Cameron/Anna tell her about things they need, but she says they don't really need anything new and tells them they're going to Kingdom Hall whether they like it or not.
  • Something of the old Mama is left, but Daddy is disappearing slowly, and he hasn't said a word this whole time.
  • As the three of them walk to Kingdom Hall, Toswiah/Evie begs the reader to remember who she is.

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