Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 5, Chapter 5

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 5, Chapter 5

Rachel Axelroot. Johannesburg, 1964.

  • Rachel lectures us on "being understanding of the differences" (5.5.2) between white and black/rich and poor and how she's an "adaptable kind of person" (5.5.3).
  • This coming from the person whose idea of having everything she needs is Breck Shampoo and Campbell's soup.
  • She has a plan to get away from creepy ol' Axelroot though: Rachel plans to seduce Daniel DuPrée, the Attaché to the Ambassador, before he's reposted to Brazzaville. "Daniel, bless his heart, will never know what hit him" (5.5.10).