Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 3, Chapter 14

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 3, Chapter 14

Adah

This is a slim chapter, story-wise. Two big plot points here:

  1. Anatole gave Leah a bow and arrow, and Nelson is teaching her how to use it.
  2. Once again, one of Father's holy words is backfiring, unbeknownst to him. When he says "Tata Jesus is bangala" (3.14.1), he's really saying that Jesus is poisonwood. "Jesus will make you itch like nobody's business" (3.14.1). No wonder they all stay away.