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Light in August Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

  • One night, Christmas barges into Miss Burden's bedroom, tears her clothes off, and forces himself on top of her. She doesn't really resist but she doesn't exactly agree either. Christmas is convinced she'll kick him out of the cabin for this.
  • The next day, however, Miss Burden leaves out a table of food for him; this pisses him off, so he throws the food against the wall, one dish at a time.
  • He avoids the house for months until one day Miss Burden shows up at the cabin. She tells him that all of her family is buried on her property, including her grandfather and her brother. Both men were killed by a man named Colonel Sartoris, over their views that blacks should have equal voting rights.
  • Christmas reveals that one of his parents was part black.

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