A Long Day in November by Ernest J. Gaines

By Ernest J. Gaines

An affectionate and shaggy dog story set within the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation within the Nineteen Forties and informed by means of a toddler named Eddie, who watches his mom go away his father over his preoccupation along with his motor vehicle, which his father finally burns to the floor at the recommendation of a voodoo lady to get his spouse again.

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I don’t know . . Mama ought to been . . “Bob and Rex” . . “Eddie,” Miss Hebert says. I don’t know my lesson. I don’t know my lesson. I don’t know my lesson. I feel warm. I’m wet. I hear the wee-wee dripping on the floor. I’m crying. I’m crying because I weewee on myself. My clothes’s wet. Lucy and them go’n laugh at me. Billy Joe Martin and them go’n tease me. I don’t know my lesson. I don’t know my lesson. I don’t know my lesson. indd 39 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s “Oh, Eddie, look what you’ve done,” I think I hear Miss Hebert saying.

Wait,” Mama says. ” Gran’mon looks on the mantelpiece and gets a paper bag. There’s something in the bag, and she takes it out and hands the bag to Mama. Mama puts the potato in the bag and puts it in my pocket. Then she goes and gets my book and tucks it under my arm. “Now you ready,” she says. “And remember, when you get out for dinner, come back here. indd 32 10/15/13 10:13 PM A L on g Day in novemb er up home now. ” “Come on,” Uncle Al says. ” “ ’Bye, Mama,” I say. “Be a good boy,” Mama says.

I hear Spot running after him barking. Gran’mon knocks the door open with the gun barrel and shoot. I hear Daddy hollering. ” Mama says. indd 55 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s says. ” We all run out on the gallery, and I see Daddy out in the road crying. I can see the people coming out on the galleries. They looking at us and they looking at Daddy. Daddy’s standing out in the road crying. “Boy, I would’ve like to seen old Eddie getting out of this yard,” Uncle Al says. Daddy’s walking up and down the road in front of the house, and he’s crying.

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