Chapter 25 Summary Grant is exceptionally pleased with how this visit with Jefferson has gone, and goes to the Rainbow Club looking for Vivian to share his good news. Farrell made for him out of scraps of driftwood. He wonders what Jefferson wrote on the notepad, he wonders what his girlfriend is wearing and how she did her hair today. As they sit down to eat, Grant begins to tell Vivian about his success with Jefferson at the jailhouse earlier that day. Because Grant is injured, Vivian insists that he stay with her that night. In Paul's absence, they are searched and escorted to the dayroom by the chief deputy. Ambrose, Tante Lou, and Miss Emma return to the quarter.
Because prejudices are lazy—they save us time thinking through things and arriving at an informed decision. A fight breaks out between Grant and the two mulatto bricklayers. Summary: After the visit in the jail Grant goes to the Rainbow Club to see Vivian. Angry, he walks out of the room and stands at the front door. Grant realizes that he is going to be in for a tough fight, since the bricklayer that was moving in on him is stronger than he is. Grant can hear that the men are angry, and he thinks about how they are both ''mulatto'', and how, if they did any kind of work, they could to avoid working along side black men whom they viewed as inferior.
He tries to keep his cool but, whoops, he loses it. He then asks Jefferson to be a friend to his nannan by eating some of her gumbo. Grant finally catches a few of their words. Despite her explanation, he fails to see the connection between his behavior and Jefferson's, and to realize that, had Claiborne and Vivian not been there to defuse the situation and intercede on his behalf, he, too, might have ended up in jail for murder. Grant goes to the Rainbow Club and when he sees that Vivian is not there, he has a couple of drinks and waits.
Jefferson says that everyone asks him to bear a cross, but no one ever bore his cross. Grant is thinking about his girlfriend and about Jefferson. He looks out through the screen and into the darkness. Reverend Ambrose watches along with , a man from the quarter. Find textual evidence for your inferential claims. Jefferson responds with a slight nod.
In Gaines and Faulkner, the reader is expected to make inferences based on information that the narrator himself does not understand—for example, readers will know the significance of Mr. Analysis: Chapters 25—28 In these chapters, Grant becomes not teacher but student. Grant says he feels lost. Grant nods, and Vivian leads him out. Joe tries the wrestle the larger of the two mulattoes, while Grant hits the taller one. Jefferson retorts that no one ever did anything for him, and Grant concedes that this is so, but insists that he can improve his life by having faith and being kind to others.
Morgan doubles his bet with Henri that Jefferson will be unable to attain some dignity before his death. As they walk around the room, he tells Jefferson that he wants to be his friend, explaining that a friend is someone who will do anything to please a friend. I ask students to focus on tone. Nevertheless, he and Vivian know that things will improve later. Two Men Insult Jefferson As Grant orders another drink, he overhears the bricklayers saying the word ''nigger'' and mentioning that it ''should have been done long ago. In both novels, the raw, visceral experiences of an innocent are used to depict the evils of the wider world.
Grant looks, and sees Jefferson standing tall, not stooped. Personal reaction: I was quite impressed by Grants behavior. Jefferson asks Grant how the execution will feel. But instead of merely defining these concepts in abstract terms, he defines them through example and analogy. He knows that he should not, since her husband could return to try to get the children. In effect, Grant teaches the same lesson on moral obligation and personal responsibility that he attempted to teach earlier see Chapter 18.
Grant says he cannot lie to Jefferson by pretending to believe in heaven or the Bible. The bar owner's wife breaks the fight up for a few moments, but eventually, Grant gets knocked out. Grant tries to contain himself, but after a few minutes he loses control. Students meet with their original groups to find text support. Vivian tells Grant that he might as well stay. Out of this a fight starts and Grant gets knocked unconscious. When this tactic fails, he announces that he is leaving.
The people in question do not consider themselves to be black—in fact, they consider themselves superior to black people; however, white people do not count them as white, so they are caught in the middle. Grant tells them to shut up. In a corner behind him, two mulatto bricklayers talk loudly, hoping Grant will overhear them. When Grant lowers his head, Jefferson accuses him of not being able to look at him. He opens the door and stares out into the darkness, thinking that he has nothing worthwhile to go home to. He tells Jefferson that he wants Jefferson to believe in something so that someday Grant can look to Jefferson as an example and start believing in something himself. After visiting Jefferson, Ambrose, Lou, and Emma drive back to their homes, and Grant goes to the Rainbow Club to tell Vivian that he is making progress with Jefferson.
Change of Character Throughout the first 24 chapters of A Lesson Before Dying, Grant comes across as a cool and calm sort of guy. Their forefathers said that we're only three-fifths human. He gets up to leave, slamming his towel on his plate of food. Vivian insists that Grant should have used words instead of fighting. He decides to keep a cool head and figures that maybe the two men just got off work, and are blowing off some steam by complaining about everything they can think of.