Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 4, Chapter 12

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 4, Chapter 12


  • Mother calmly takes Ruth May's body and washes it. She makes a shroud from mosquito netting, and lays her on a table in the front yard.
  • The village women of Kilanga gather and perform their mourning wail.
  • Mother moves all their furniture out of the house and into the yard for anyone to take what they need.
  • Leah and her sisters kneel in prayer "out of habit" (4.12.17) as a big storm starts the rain pouring.
  • Father seizes this opportunity to walk around and baptize the children of Kilanga in the rain.
  • Way to have your priorities in order, Father.