Jude the Obscure

Jazz – Summary

The novel begins in the midst of the love triangle between Violet, Joe and Dorcas. Violet and Joe are unhappily married and living together in an apartment in Harlem when Joe falls in love with a seventeen-year old girl named Dorcas. Joe and Dorcas meet when Joe comes to Dorcass aunts house to sell ladies …

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Jazz – Section 2

Summary Joe met Dorcas in October and the affair lasted for three months. Joe remembers everything about Dorcass face and mannerisms with aching sadness; even when he recalls the afternoon on which she said she would leave him. When he lies in bed trying to recall the early days of his marriage to Violet, he …

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Jazz – Section 4

Summary In the summer of 1917, nine years before Dorcass murder, Alice Manfred became the guardian of her orphaned niece, whose parents died in the East St. Louis riots. This was the summer that Alice, who rarely ventured below 110th street, took Dorcas to a march of black men on Fifth Avenue in protest of …

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Jazz – Section 1

Summary The narrator tells us that she knows “that woman,” as though Violet is walking along the street before us. The narrator also knows her husband and goes on to give an encapsulated summary of the couples tale: the husband fell in love with an eighteen-year-old girl, went mad with his love for her and …

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Jazz – Section 3

Summary Malvonne cleans the offices of powerful white businessmen every night from six until 2:30a.m.. She took care of her nephew, alternately called “Sweetness”, “William Younger” or “Little Caesar,” from the time he was seven until he moved away to Chicago or San Diego. After he leaves, she finds her favorite grocery bag tucked behind …

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Jazz – Section 5

Summary In March of 1926, a few months after Dorcass murder, Alice Manfred waits in her home for a visit from Violet, an unlikely visitor but one that Alice no longer minds. Renamed “Violent” after her behavior at the funeral, Violet comes to see Alice for the first time, but Dorcass aunt only grudgingly opens …

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Jazz – Section 6

Summary After leaving Alices house one day in March, Violet goes to a drugstore where she sits sipping a malt and thinking about the knife that she had found at the bottom of the parrots cage before barging into the funeral. The young ushers struggled with her when they saw the knife but Violet, a …

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Jazz – Section 9

Summary The narrator begins this section by telling the story of True Belle, Violets grandmother, who leaves her job with a woman named Miss Vera Louise in Baltimore to go and help her daughter, Rose Dear, back in Virginia. True Belle had left Virginia a slave but when she returns in 1888 she is a …

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Jazz – Section 10

Summary The thirteen-year-old black boy standing outside of Henry LesTroys house with his mule and responds to Golden Grays greeting. The boy assumes that the well-dressed but visibly drunk man before him is white. He figures that Golden Gray is there to collect hides or hunting pelts from Henry LesTroy. He tells Golden Gray that …

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Jazz – Section 7

Summary Spring finally arrives in New York City in 1926 and Joe Trace still sits at his window or on the stoop, crying openly and blowing his nose into the handkerchiefs that Violet so carefully launders. Joe had never cheated on Violet before he met Dorcas and the narrator thinks of him as a man …

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