Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 3, Chapter 16

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 3, Chapter 16


  • Rachel and Eeben Axelroot are still parading around the village pretending to be courting.
  • But it's not quite pretend anymore—creepy old Axelroot plants a smooch on Rachel... and she kind of likes it. He also lets her smoke cigarettes with him.
  • Then he tells her that someone big, someone important, is going to die: Patrice Lumumba.
  • Allegedly the United States is paying someone to arrange for Lumumba's murder. Hmm... something bigger than the Price family is afoot here.