Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Sula – Summary

The Bottom is a mostly black community in Ohio, situated in the hills above the mostly white, wealthier community of Medallion. The Bottom first became a community when a master gave it to his former slave. This “gift” was in fact a trick: the master gave the former slave a poor stretch of hilly land, …

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Sula – 1921

Summary After Eva Peaces husband, BoyBoy, abandoned her, it is the kindness of her neighbors that kept her and her three children alive. Her baby Ralph, whom she nicknamed Plum, developed an impacted bowel. After listening to his piercing cries for days, Eva lubricated her fingers with lard and dug the compacted stools out of …

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Sula – 1922

Summary Nel and Sula have radically different personalities: Nel is quiet and unassuming while Sula is spontaneous and aggressive. Together, the girls seem to form two halves of a whole person. Both girls are pleased when Ajax looks at their developing bodies and mutters, “pig meat.” A group of Irish Catholic boys begins to harass …

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Sula – 1937

Summary Sulas return to the Bottom is accompanied by a “plague of robins.” Her stylish, expensive clothing startles her old neighbors. When she visits Eva, their encounter quickly becomes antagonistic, as Eva criticizes her for remaining unmarried. Angered by Evas judgmental statements, Sula orders her to shut up. She says that Evas decision to cut …

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Sula – 1939

Summary The community mulls over the plague of robins,which preceded Sulas return, and the story about her reaction to Hannahs fatal accident. They decide that the birthmark over her eye represents Hannahs ashes. They are even more horrified that she has slept with white men. They attribute random accidents to her; for example, when Mr. …

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