A Long Day in November by Ernest J. Gaines

By Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson ahead of demise, gained the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award for fiction, was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was once an Oprah publication membership decide. Gaines has been a MacArthur beginning fellow, presented the nationwide Humanities Medal, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. He lives in Oscar, Louisiana along with his spouse.

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But Grumpus never forgave her.  . ” 35 36 5 The Outlaws Attack Sister Wolf missed her old pack but was content with her new pack: the village of Stonebriar. She loved many of the villagers like family. Especially the children. Whenever Sister Wolf felt lonely, the bright laughter of children would drive away the fog in her heart. Nevertheless, there were things about Stonebriar that troubled Sister Wolf. The nobility and some of the wealthier merchants— especially those who were members of the council— dressed in bright frilly clothes and wore gold around their necks and fingers.

And she thought of her good friend, the Beggar King. She remembered what the Beggar King had taught her about how hard it was for people to share. Since her heart and mind were too full to sleep, she went for a walk under the cool light of the full moon. As she walked, she watched the trees gently swaying in the breeze. She heard the hoot of a barn owl as it flapped into the night. Sister Wolf thought to herself, “Owls are able to make nests to keep out the cold. ” She kept walking, slowly making her way down the mountain towards the road to Brookhaven.

Eventually, he said, “Some people have big houses because they want to impress the people with 31 32 smaller houses. ” The Beggar King agreed.  . and still others rarely eat anything at all? ” Again, the Beggar King didn’t know how to answer. He walked alongside his four-legged friend in silence for quite some time. He looked at some frogs jumping and splashing at the pond nearby. There weren’t fat frogs and starving frogs. They all ate what they needed and no more; there was plenty for all. A while later, he said, “Some people eat big meals because their hearts are empty.

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