Week 4

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  • Signpost: Numbers and Stats
  • "He abused animals, called his wife 'old squash-head,' drove Prudence crazy with his endless prayers, and finally died on Janurary 5, 1874"(109).
  • Signpost: Quoted Words
  • "'Mind has great power over matter and I think I can drive away the disease.' she said. But this time willpower wasn't enough. In January 1890 Prudence knew she was dying"(114).
  • Mindset: Fixed
  • "The residents were fast asleep when a bloodcurling shriek ripped through the darkness. Screaming men pounded on the school doors, walls, and windowns with clubs and iron bars"(101).
  • The author used this set of Numbers and Stats to show whenever Prudence's husband, Calvin, had died. 
  • Word Gap: principalities
  • The author quoted Prudence to prove that she had faith in herself before she passed. This quote added some imagery to imagine her lying in her bed, slowly passing.
  • Summary: The Important Thing 
  • Avoiding the challenge of believing in Prudence's work, some townsman destroyed Prudence's schoolhouse. If the townspeople would have showed some empathy for the right thing to do, her schoolhouse would have blossomed and would have made a larger impact. 
  • Book Club Questions:
  • Definition: a state ruled by a prince Technical Terms: yes
  • "'She had deep convictions of right...and neither life, death, angels, principalities...nor any other creatures could keep her from following her convictions'"(115).
  • Some important things are: 1. First step to success is believing 2. Failure creates success 3. Keep going even when all odds are against you. But the most important thing is that she inspired other people to start schools for African American people.
  • How might Prudence's students feel about her dying?
  • How might other townsman feel about finally getting Prudence off their hands?
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