Monday, August 8, 2011
Roots Read-Along (second to last section)
And in this section, with Chicken George in England training a wealthy landowner's birds because he and Massa Lea bet the farm (literally) on a single high-stakes fight and lost, we focus on the remaining family members, sold to newbie slave owners, the Murrays. As city folk, the Murrays quickly leave it to our focal family to productively farm their inherited plantation, and they support Tom in his rise to become the most prominent blacksmith in the area.
With Tom now married to the beautiful, vibrant, and multi-faceted Irene, and with most of 'Tilda's children all grown up, Chicken George returns to Massa Lea's plantation, learns his family's fate from old and now foggy Miss Matizy, gets Mass Lea drunk, grabs his own "freedom paper" - promised to him just before he was shipped off to England - and rides break-neck to the Murray homestead where he's greeted warmly by his family.
What'll happen next? I'm a little concerned about 8-months-pregnant Irene, who seems just too good to survive childbirth, based on all the precedents set in this semi-fictional world so far, and I wonder how swiftly we'll move through the Civil War, which is close upon us now.
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