Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Ragtime – Part I, Chapters 10–12

Summary Chapter 10 Father writes every day during the winter from his expedition with Peary, an experienced explorer. Their boat, the Roosevelt, provides a surprisingly comfortable home, and Peary has developed a very precise system in which the expedition proceeds. His assistant, Matthew Henson, supervises the training. Father adopts the view that the Eskimo men …

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Ragtime – Part I, Chapter 13; Part II, Chapters 14 and 15

Summary Chapter 13 Houdini makes constant efforts to perform what he considers the ultimate escape; however, none of his accomplishments seem to satisfy him. However, he soon begins to learn how to fly planes, which renews his enthusiasm. He also conducts informal session on the art of flying for German officers. One morning, his friend, …

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Ragtime – Part II, Chapters 25–27

Summary Chapter 25 Mother, Father, Mothers Younger Brother, and the little boy know little about Sarahs life. However, during the few weeks between Coalhouses proposal of marriage and his postponement of the marriage, she seems genuinely content. She begins to establish friendships with both the little boy and Mothers Younger Brother. Frustrated by Coalhouses decision …

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Ragtime – Part II, Chapter 28; Part III, Chapters 29 and 30

Summary Chapter 28 The explosion Houdini and his audience heard has come from Emerald Isle Firehouse; this incident results in the hospitalization of two volunteer firemen and the deaths of four others. Some of the firemen appear to have been killed by buckshots rather than by the fire or the explosion. The New York City …

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