Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 6, Chapter 2

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 6, Chapter 2

Leah Price. Sanza Pombo, Angola

  • Anatole tells Leah a story, a fantasy, about white people who come to the Congo... and turn around and go home.
  • Leah now teaches (or tries to teach) people about agriculture, but "learning to believe in the nutrient cycle requires something close to a religious conversion" (6.2.30) and Leah's been about as successful at that as her father was at converting Kilanga to Christianity.
  • Leah's last line, as she looks at her four boys, the sons of Anatole from the Congo: "I look at my four boys, who are the colors of silt, loam, dust, and clay, an infinite palette for children of their own, and I understand that time erases whiteness altogether" (6.2.35).
  • Ooh. Chills.