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  • "He wanted to tell her how relieved he was to see her. How he knew he'd be able to sleep tonight because he'd seen her safe. How he would make her proud-he knew he would! He would keep reading-keep focusing when letters flipped and blurred together. Keep trying. And he hoped the children would keep stitching-even if he couldn't be their teacher anymore."(355).
  • "Rachel. He'd first met her more than a month ago. Maybe it had been six weeks. Maybe seven. It was after he'd pledged allegiance to the brotherhood-the very day after, as a matter of fact."(56).
  • "Shad looked down the hillside with its long grasses that changed direction in the wind, shifting form green to yellow and every shade between. He took in the railroad tracks running along the river. he took in the water-how he knew it rushed along quickly, but from this distance, it seemed like blue stained glassine church windows. Three blocks away the city was all hustle-bustlewith people and carriages, but here at the overlook, the world lay quiet as a napping cat."(76).
  • Resolution Grandaddy persuades Mama and Shad to move in with him at the tailoring shop in Richmond proper, and Shad gets to see that Rachel and the other children aren't hurt, but with Grandaddy and all the other people around who were in the Klan or supported it, he couldn't interact with her, and she knew that.
  • Flashback Shad members the time when he first met Rachel, a freed slave who taught at the same little shed-school Shad would come to teach tailoring at. Shad would be in this flashback for most of the book , going over those seven weeks until he got back to the present.
  • Imagery The view from the top of Libby Hill was described as Shad relished in the beauty of it.
  • Characterization The author introduces us to George Nelson, a Northern teacher that went to Richmond to start a school for young black people. He's kind of an odd duck, but he has good intentions.
  • "George Nelson hopped back into the room. He made circles in the air with his arms and bowed again. 'At your service, ma'am .'"(87)
  • Theme The theme of this book is that you have to be able to listen to your own better judgement and not let society or the people around you decide what's right or wrong. Shad knew he should have been kinder to Rachel and the kids, but then he would betray the Klan and everyone else in town would hate him.
  • Motif The biggest motif in this story was in the title, Brotherhood. Brotherhood within the Klan, looking out for each other, but also getting roped into bad tings. Brotherhood with Jeremiah, he was strong willed, and nice to Mama, but bullied Shad and was extremely racist.
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