Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 2, Chapter 10

By M.T. Anderson

Part 2, Chapter 10

  • Octavian's performance at Faneuil went so well that he's now hired to play light dances at the Hall.
  • It's not just him though; he plays with a band of other slaves.
  • All of which makes him wonder: How did the other slaves learn to play their instruments?
  • Octavian the narrator jumps in at the end and gets all philosophical about music: how music comes from a place, but it's like its own country, with its own power, and anyone who wants to go into the land of music, can go and play whatever instrument he or she likes.

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