"Prudence had a choice: she could stay in prison awaiting the trial date, or she could live at home after paying $150 in bail"(62).
Prudence was quoted to show that she lied about the non-allowed children being in her school. This adds the personal perspective of her not telling the truth so she doesn't have to go to jail.
Word Gap: precincts
The author used this signpost of Numbers and Stats to show how much money Prudence or someone else would have to pay in order to get her out of jail.
Summary: 5-7 word gist
"During July, members of the Canterbury Congregational Church ordered Prudence not to send her pupils there for Sunday services. It wasn't proper to have black girls sitting in pews that should be 'occupied by the white females of the parish', the church authorities told Miss Crandall in a letter"(67).
Book Club Question
Definition: a district of a city or town as defined for police purposes. Technical Terms: no
"Miss Crandall has stepped out of the hallowed precincts of female propriety...and must expect common treatment"(65-66).
Prudence admitted to being guilty after lying.
"Standing in front of the jury, Prudence's lawyer began to make his case. Yes, the defense lawyer said, there was no doubt about it. Prudence had taught African American children from out of the state. She had broken the Connecticut Black Law(77).
How is Prudence gonna clean up all the messes people are making in her school?
How will Prudence handle all the pressure that's gaining on her?